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SWOT Analysis: Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center is known for its strong workforce, composed of highly competent nursing and medical staff. Aside from their qualifications, Mercy's competent salary rates enabled the hospital to have a low staffing turnover unlike other hospitals in Baltimore, Maryland.
As support to the hospital's strong workforce, the hospital also has a strong training program for advanced studies for nurses. Mercy N is a program in Mercy that allows its nurses (and even those outside of Mercy) to pursue advanced studies on nursing research and evidence-based practice of nursing.
Mercy Medical Center's organizational capacity is considered strong and mature with its continuous development across Baltimore, establishing new health centers and services, including an academic institution and a community foundation, and receiving numerous awards for its healthcare, medical, and charitable work not only across Baltimore, but also across the state.
Mercy Medical Center continues to…
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SWOT Analysis iPhones 5C 5S promotion Please give strong clear examples.
SWOT Analysis of iPhone 5C vs. 5S and promotions
Both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S have been extremely successful products for Apple thus far. However, they have been targeted to different demographics and have different relative strengths (and weaknesses) when compared with one another as well as with competitors.
The iPhone 5S has been called "Apple's heavyweight competitor to the Galaxy S4" of Samsung (Briggs 2013). Before its release," Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony, and Motorola all had handsets enjoying top-three sales at least one of America's big four carriers" but afterward the iPhone 5S has come to dominate the competition relatively quickly (Briggs 2013). It has also shown particularly strong returns in specific national markets such as the UK where it is outselling the iPhone 5C by a three-to-one margin (Briggs 2013).
The iPhone 5S…
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SWOT analysis is a strategy development tool used by a majority of organizations. Proper use of the tool will yield the position of an organization in terms of strengths, weakness, opportunity and threats. It is very essential that one consider honesty when analyzing the organization using this tool. The analysis should truthfully reflect the current situation of an organization. In addition, SWOT analysis is a base for developing strategy of the organization. In case of the sales company that has an ambition of expanding globally, a SWOT analysis will be the best tool for planning and developing strategic decisions. The analysis takes place on a place, industry, person or product (Pahl & ichter, 2009).
The target of this SWOT analysis is the identification of the market situation for this firm. The most important target is acquisition of new buildings and assets. The analysis of the organization starts by first identifying…
Pahl, N., & Richter, A. (2009). SWOT Analysis-idea, methodology and a practical approach.
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SWOT Analysis: Human ights Campaign
Human ights Campaign (HC)
In brief, HC "is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans…" (HC, 2014). As the organization further points out on its website, it currently has a global membership of more that 1.5 million people. In this text, I conduct SWOT analysis for HC. In so doing, I will be taking into consideration the HC's weaknesses, strengths, as well as the opportunities and threats it is likely to encounter as it executes its mandate.
In the words of Hill and Jones (2012, p. 19), SWOT analysis is a strategic management tool whose key or primary "purpose is to identify the strategies to exploit external opportunities, counter threats, build on and protect company strengths, and eradicate weaknesses." In this section, I highlight the strengths, weaknesses, as well as threats and opportunities for my organization…
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SWOT Analysis: AMAZON.COM
Amazon.com is one of the largest online stores offering everything from books to CDs, to toys to tools and prescription drugs. Below is a SWOT analysis of this Amazonian online store which has carved a niche for itself in e-commerce and has managed to change the very definition of the term: American corporation.
Amazon.com believes in diversity and unlike the restricted approach of its starting days, Amazon is now venturing into other directions-offering more than just books. By the end of last year, Amazon displayed healthy revenues of $6,921 million which was a significant increase from 2003 when revenues came at $5,263 million. (Hoover) Amazon has also managed to expand its customer base by offering services internationally. They have kept their advertising budget in check by refusing to advertise on television but instead use web as its primary channel of advertising. The shipping costs are reasonable-giving…
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At one point the quality problems with data management and cloud-based virtualization strategies at Zillow were so significant the company had to completely redefine their it architecture (McDonald, 2006).
Another significant weakness the company has had to contend with is the continual churn of customers across free and fee-based services (Zillow Investor elations, 2012). Churn continues to drop Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) and eventually reduces the company's tock price over time as well. This weakness is one that continually has challenged the company to grow in previous years (Zillow Investor elations, 2012). The company confronted this weakness and invested heavily in analytics and advanced Customer elationship Management (CM) applications to better track and understand the overall value of their customers (Zillow Investor elations, 2012).
A third weakness is the pricing model of the various business units is their reliance on access and fee-based pricing instead of value-based pricing (Zillow Investor…
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The virtual world model -- is a variant of the community business model. For Linden Lab, this model works directly. The benefit for ABC is not to derive revenue from the community, but to become a part of the community and develop the two-way traffic flow. It remains to be seen how viable this tactic is as an eBusiness strategy as it is an emerging concept. It is essentially a form of public broadcasting, but it relies on the two-way traffic flow to bring customers out of the virtual world into one were ABC can gained revenue directly.
At the beginning of March, 2009, global media outlet Reuters closed its Second Life bureau (Reuters, 2009). The company had utilized only a couple of writers at the bureau, and reported primarily on happenings within the virtual world. The departure was explained as a reaction to the stagnant user growth of the…
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Group members feel free to experiment with behavioral changes and discuss deep secrets without fear of judgment or reprisal. Members are also exposed to the struggles of others. This can build empathy and understanding, reduce the feeling of being alone and help spark new ideas on how people can handle their own difficulties." (p. 1)
This points of the value of different types of group treatment strategies, which can center on grouping together individuals of shared or overlapping needs. Over the course of our research, we have encountered an array of different group types which connote the contextualizing milieu by which treatment is designed. For instance, goal-setting groups can help to raise collective and concrete markers of treatment success around which members may coalesce to support one another. Or relaxation groups may simply group together individuals sharing the common need for stress management strategies. Community groups, more commonly established through…
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SOT Analysis: Dresser-Rand
Dresser-Rand is a compressor company that is world-renowned and aims to please its customers any way that is necessary. It also makes steam turbines and several other products (www.Dresser-Rand.com).It has made a name for itself, and its reputation is based on the quality and reliability of its products. Since it has been around for over 100 years, this reputation has carried it from one technological age into another, and now it has a eb site where customers can learn about and purchase products (Products and Services).
Like every company, it has both strengths and weaknesses. It also has opportunities for growth, and threats to its business and market share. The purpose of this paper is to discuss these different areas and provide a statement of opportunity (or problem statement) for Dresser-Rand that deals with e-commerce and development in that area, since it is an area of business…
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SWOT analysis is Merrythought's four core business areas including human resource, finance, operations, and marketing, by looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. These are indicated in the table below.
Merrythought is an established and recognized name in the UK,
Established brand as quintessential English teddy bear,
Strong local market from departmental stores and independent retailers,
Niche market from up-market client base,
Half of their consumers are collectors who pay premium for teddy bears,
employee Workforce skilled in the manual and traditional teddy bear manufacturing methods,
Stabilization of fortunes in decades since the downturn in the 1990s,
Increase in revenue from annual improvements from strong exports and Olympic games
No product differential strategies as Merrythought only designs and produces teddy bears,
Company has focused on the British niche and up-market clientele,
It's a product led company surviving on producing and designing,
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Limited venture with Good Sisters Health System (although this is questionable and tentative)
Disgruntled Innovative medical patients who feel that they have been treated like a number can be enticed by the warmth of the MPMPC staff.
Affiliations with specialists and subspecialists in other counties
Aggressive pursuit of affiliations with outside hospitals such as Riverside Health and Medical Center to create opportunities for market penetration and for capturing a unique market niche (Riverside is the only hospital in the area to perform bloodless surgery which would help them to capture the growing Jehovah's Witness market)
A focus on value-based competition
50% of patients leave their home county for medical care in the urban center
Innovative Medical is the biggest competitor -- it is affiliated with the major county hospital (CRMC) and its strategic market has resulted in the lion's share of the market.
The construction of a new CRMC…
Not only do situations like this hurt a company's reputation, but increased and extensive legal costs place consistent financial burdens on the company and its international branches, which cannot afford to find themselves in any more scandal.
State Street has long made it a company mission to not only serve the needs of its institutional investors, but to continue providing that service in a way that is both effective and innovative. It is this innovation that can be viewed as State Street's most viable opportunity for future endeavors and investor relations. With the passage of time comes complete IT transformation, which State Street has not only embraced, but added into its business model. Business operations within State Street branches are continually modified to adjust to advances in IT, which allows for the company to remain ahead of the game in terms of competition as well as providing the most effective…
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SWOT Analysis: Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
Since 2011, a new quaint bed and breakfast business in California's central coast opens, called Charmed. Located in Santa Cruz, California along Monterey Bay, its meager beginnings wowed the locals, which created quite a demand. However, Charmed became concerned, as another nearby bed and breakfast business opened shortly thereafter. Undoubtedly, the wine country area was an ideal location that parlayed many other quaint and unique businesses, such as wine tasting establishments, coffee houses, art galleries, antique shops, and now six bed and breakfast homes. Charmed never conducted a thorough scan of its external and internal environment to assess its viability. If specified variables and contingencies were outlined, it would have heightened awareness as to the strategic direction that is needed for business sustainability. Viability and sustainability are key factors for business survival. Therefore, an effective research approach for a bed and breakfast…
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SWOT Analysis: Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines, having a well-established business incarnation throughout the United States is among the most competitive passenger airlines in terms of pricing strategies and customer services. The company has always been pursuing a growth strategy for its business operations in the local market. Currently, it has customers from all over the United States that consider it a low cost quality airline service provider. The company operates with a fleet of advanced Boeing aircrafts. The company has a strong brand image and sound financial strength which help it in its business growth strategies. It also expends a great amount on &D section in order to improve its customer services and cope up with the most advanced aircraft. The company has an efficient and dedicated workforce that is committed to provide quality services to the company's customers.
Converse to these strengths, Southwest Airlines has some weaknesses in its…
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ith the right management, it may be possible for Tanzania to build a sustainable tourist industry gradually based upon historically established trends and the traditional tourism industry transitioning to the new eco-friendly tourism types. These types take into consideration the needs of indigenous peoples and empower them by bringing traditional cultural practices to play in the effort to conserve wildlife and habitats.
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134 -- 139) A good example of this can be seen with Toyota, where they use a modified version of SWOT analysis, as a part of their business. Commonly called Hoshin, the system that company uses involves three key elements to include: external factors, internal factors, and the company's Hoshin (long-term goals). This is significant, because the use of this kind of system; has shown to be effective at variety of organizations. In the case of Toyota, this system has allowed them to become one of the largest automakers in the world. As a result, one could effectively argue that the use of the SWOT analysis will help an organization, evaluate various factors that could have an impact upon the business. At which point, managers can use this information to help the organization adapt to changes that are occurring either in the business or the marketplace. (Liker, 2008, 432 --…
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Xerox Corporation was founded in 1906 as Haloid Company (Xerox, 2014). It was renamed into Haloid Xerox in 1958 and into Xerox Corporation in 1961. As a Fortune 500 global document management company (Management Paradise, 2013), Xerox Corporation manufactures a full range of globally known products. These are color and black-and-white printers, multifunction systems, photo copiers, digital production printing presses and supplies and offers consulting services. Its headquarters are in Norwalk, Connecticut, although most of its employees work in Rochester, New York. It acquired the Affiliated Computer Services in September 2009. The company is a recipient of the Royal Warrant from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales (Management Paradise,.Xerox).
Mission/Vision, Goals and Stakeholders
The mission -- vision of the company is to give its business clients the freedom to focus on what matters most to them, which is their business (Xerox, 2014). The company does this by…
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Traditional, small pet stores were being forced out of business, which was cutting out one of the major opportunities for PetVet. By vertically integrating, however, PetVet forged a new business model. This corporate level strategy entailed significant risk. It was entirely conceivable that the untested concept would fail, but if it succeeded it would catch the competition flat-footed.
It required several business-level strategies to make PetVet succeed. Ultimately, the company has adopted a low cost model for both the retailing and the veterinary branches of the business. At the retail level, PetVet realized that the threat represented by warehouse retailers was significant. They could succeed if they established a presence in an area first, but would have difficulty competing head-to-head against those firms, especially on cost. Thus, while adopting a low cost strategy, PetVet also adds an element of differentiation in the presence of the veterinary clinic.
The clinic itself,…
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Apple SWOT Analysis
Apple Inc. was founded as Apple Computer Inc. In 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. They dropped the word 'computer' from the company name 30 years later, hence the current name - Apple Inc. (Apple Inc., 2014). Apple is well-known for the iPod, the iPad, the iPhone and the Macintosh line of computers.
The top management of Apple Inc. consists of the CEO, 6 directors and the Chairman of the Board. The subordinates are the CFO and directors of different departments (Apple Inc., 2014). It applies a collaborative organizational structure where all members are encouraged to work together to come up with ideas aimed at developing the company.
Although it is well-known for its success, Apple Inc. has also had its fair share of criticism. In 2010, Apple was criticized for banning iPhone users from downloading the Google Voice application although it later allowed the same.…
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SWOT Analysis for The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change
· Groups are able to learn more about their communities and planning partners as they work on the TOC.
· Has the capability to reinforce family learning.
· Offers the possibility to test some assumptions while there is time to make changes if the assumption is proven to be off-base.
· Allows for the identification of all the necessary preconditions that are required in order to achieve the long-term goal.
· More than one strategy can be proposed to result in a single outcome (Anderson, 2004).
· The strategy is driven by the outcome depicted in the outcomes framework.
· The Foundation should work through a TOC process before requesting for proposals, which would ensure they develop more clearer goals.
· Have an experienced consultant to guide the group implementing the TOC.
· Provide guidance on how to…
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SWOT Analysis: RAS Medical Systems
RAS Medical Systems, Inc. is a small, independent distributor of physical rehabilitation equipment and supplies in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. The company was founded by Richard Silverstein in the 1980s, employs a dozen workers, and has introduced a number of new and innovative devices into the rehab market over the years, including Outcomes based Modalities such as OmniSound U.S./P.E.N.S. and Low Level Laser Therapy. Since 1989, RAS Medical Systems has been a Medicare participating partner helping to provide patients with the state-of-the-art equipment and third party billing to Medicare as well as many other insurance companies. Since 2009, RAS Medical has also been accredited by the Compliance Team (RAS Medical Systems, 2018).
· Family-owned business: strong values, principles, and mission with a community-friendly approach to business
· Strong geographical location with high traffic input
· Customer satisfaction: customers do…
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Wentzville, MO is the city under scrutiny in this study, and we get to understand how the “Crossroads of the Nation” has managed to survive its strategic planning process. Evidently, city planners should look at maximizing their municipality’s strengths while minimizing on the weaknesses. Moreover, they will need to take advantage of the upcoming opportunities and limit their threats so they can remain competitive. Therefore, the city planners and the mayor will need to look at the individual departments of the city like the law enforcement, administration, and emergency services among others to make a conclusive analysis. Moreover, they need to look at the city as a whole by looking at things like its infrastructure, economy, businesses, amenities, and politics among others. Through this SWOT analysis, the city will be able to market its area to other potential residents and prospective business owners.
The competitive advantage of Wentzville, Missouri…
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SWOT Analysis Assignment
Part A: Program Highlights
Hobby Child Care Program is a program that is devoted to providing full-day care for kids that are between the ages of 10 weeks up until 6 years. Hobby Child Care Program provides a whole-hearted, cultivating, education setting. The philosophy of the program is to maintain the self-worth of the individual kid.
Mission Statement and Goals of Program
The mission statement of Hobby Child Care Program is to provide the utmost quality child care for households in the community in a friendly, cherishing, loving and educational setting. The child care necessities of all societal and monetary levels are offered, facilitating families to attain employment or to develop their level of education.
The goals of the program comprise of the following:
1. To provide high quality, developmentally suitable child care with an emphasis on the age of the kid and his or…
Hardina, D., & Montana, S. (2011). Empowering staff and clients: Comparing preferences for management models by the professional degrees held by organization administrators. Social work, 56(3), 247-257.
Pahl, N., & Richter, A. (2007). SWOT Analysis. Idea, Methodology and A Practical Approach. India: New Delhi Publications.
SWOT analysis can help to identify internal and external factors that can foster or hinder organization or program success. A SWOT analysis organizes the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of an organization or program. The identification of weaknesses and threats indicates factors that have a negative impact on the organization or program and need to be addressed. Strengths and opportunities are factors that have a positive impact on the organization or program and should be maintained. This knowledge is important for strategic planning (Hill & Jones, 2012). This paper provides a SWOT analysis of the author's practicum organisation, an urgent care clinic. The clinic mainly treats a wide variety of medical conditions requiring immediate attention, including minor injuries, coughs and colds, breathing difficulties, eye and ear problems, fever, headaches and migraines, uncontrollable bleeding, stomach problems, skin problems, poisonings, and seizures.
• Wide variety of…
Unique product with tangible benefits
Solves a real world problem
Ease of use?
There are a couple of strengths that will drive the adoption of this product. The first is that it is unique – there are no competitors in Canada at the moment. There is one competitor in the UK at present. The competitive threat can be managed by licensing the technology from that company, with a non-compete clause, or by developing similar but superior technology of our own. Patents can protect any unique attributes of our product.
The second strength is that this product solves a real world problem. Many innovative ideas fail at the application stage so it is important that the product solves a problem better than existing products. In this case, there is no product that can allow a cast to be set on the fly. Using this as…
A SWOT analysis is a means of understanding both the internal and external environments in which an organization operates (MindTools, 2017). It is commonly used as a means of strategy formulation, to help firms understand how they can use their strengths to take advantage of opportunities in the market, and to shore up their weaknesses to defend against external threats. To that end, it is worth analyzing the internal and external environments of 3 Squares, the meal delivery service for seniors, in order to see where the best market opportunities lie, and what challenges the company is going to face.
There are a few different strengths that the company has internally. 3 Squares has a strong business plan. It has researched the market, and identified that there is an opportunity in providing food delivery for seniors. This is a growing market, and one that only has some competition.…
Overall, the threat of foreign competition represents a considerable problem to be addressed both in the plastics industry itself and in the entry into Rapid Tooling due to the fact that low cost wages in foreign countries often gives the foreign interests a somewhat unfair advantage over others (the Journal). Moreover, the investment required is substantial, and the possibility of unfair competition may make the investment all but useless.
The firm has in its midst something, in the form of Rapid Tooling, that could revolutionize the way that business is conducted in the future, leading to new products and opportunities; however, there are also pitfalls that must be acknowledged and addressed. In closing, let it be understood that all of the facets of Rapid Tooling must be examined before action is taken.
Between Imitation and Innovation: The Transfer and Hybridization of Productive Models in the International Automobile…
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HSBC Bank and Its Strategy
HSBC is the world's largest banking and financial services provider. Headquartered in London, the firm has global networks that include over 10,000 offices in over 80 states, as well as territories in the Asia-Pacific area, Middle East, United States, Africa and Europe. Listed as HSBC Holdings Plc, the business have roughly 200,000 shareholders in roughly 100 countries as indicated in listings in nations such as Bermuda, New York, Hong Kong and Paris.
Industry life cycle
The industry is in the maturity stage. Industry players have attained the complete aptitude to be consumed by the users. Thus, the growth of firms in this industry tracks economic growth in general. At this level, increased standardization pushes companies to compete heavily. Consequently, the profits margins reduce adding pressure on profits. At this stage, firms in this industry are known as cash cows because their cash flows…
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Child Abuse, Organization Canada World Youth, 2017
Conduct a SWOT analysis.
A SWOT analysis of Canada World Youth (CWY) is provided in Table 1 below.
SWOT analysis of Canada World Youth
• The organization has a proven 40-year track record of success in working with youth groups.
• CWY has developed an extensive network of international partnerships.
• CWY has an influential patron (the Governor General of Canada since March 2012), a strong management team as well as a highly effective and dedicated board of directors.
• CWY continues to rely on unpredictable levels of public donations for funding.
• Cross-cultural differences between CWY's leadership team and partner organizations in other countries.
• Any political scandals involving CWY's patron could damage the organization's reputation.
• Expand the indigenous youth programs and partnerships throughout North America.
• Develop a program model-based CWY's…
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SWOT analysis of self
After the training and acquisition of skills within the institution, there will be the other life outside the college where the skills and knowledge acquired will have to be pout into practical use. This is an eventuality that every graduate faces and hence there is need to know oneself properly and understand your emotional intelligence and behavioral pattern as well as disposition of the personality so that one is adequately prepared for the job market out there. It is on the basis of these facts that the below SWOT analysis on myself was conducted with the ultimate aim of affirming my presumptions about my personality using a professionally proven metrics like the one presented herein. The self SWOT analysis will delve into the personal Strengths that are displayed by my daily approaches and conduct, the Weaknesses that emerge from the perspectives I hold and the decisions…
Description of New Venture
The new venture being proposed will be a company seeks to develop an app that will determine optimal weather days in different locations. The tool will take a massive data set of historical data for all the geographies available – in the US and throughout the world’s major tourist areas to begin with. The user will enter the location, their desired activity and a span of time, and will receive as an output the optimal days, based on historical patterns. The current landscape for someone planning a trip might have generic information (i.e. golfers should visit Arizona in the winter when it’s not 120F outside), but that is often not granular enough. For example, someone thinking of visiting Bora Bora in 2020 can easily find out when rainy season is, but more refined data might help them to choose a specific week during shoulder…
Gap Pesti and SWOT Analysis
In this section, I am doing a PESTI and SWOT analysis of GAP Inc. The goal of a PESTI and SWOT analysis is to evaluate the performance of a firm by using their financial statements[footnoteef:1]. In a PESTI and SWOT analysis you can determine the value of a firm by looking at its profitability and its growth. I will be using SWOT analysis and cash flow analysis to assess GAP's performance. After analyzing GAP I will forecast the next ten years based on our findings. [1: AmCham, eal Economy-Egypt. (Source: MoFT, January 2003 and Central Egyptian BankCEB, February 2002).]
I can either look at SWOT for GAP over several years to determine the success of the firm or I can compare the SWOT of GAP to other firms in the same industry. These SWOTs allow us to relate the financial numbers to the business…
1. AmCham, Real Economy-Egypt. (Source: MoFT, January 2003 and Central Egyptian BankCEB, February 2002).
2. Al-Ahram Weekly Online: "Inadequate Remedies," April 5-11, 2001, issue 528, Mona ElFiqi.
3. Al-Ahram Weekly Online: "Stalling in Troubled Waters," November 15-21, 2001, issue
650, Mona El-Fiqi.
eviromental analysis, Porters powers SWOT analysis sbout a project . My project open a retailing medical company buys locally import medical surgical consumables . The company manufacture prodect, copmany import consumables saudi arabia resell local market, Also company buy medical surgical items local market bulk quantities factories resell .
Medic etailers is intended to be a large organization that will deal in the sale of medical supplies to consumers in Saudi Arabia. Indeed, doing business in the medical field is usually intensely involving given that the area is extremely regulated in order to ensure that standards are kept high. Similarly, the regulatory authorities are generally ultra-fast in closing down any businesses. Nevertheless, Medic etailers intend to come up with a precise elucidative process that will ensure high levels of hygiene and efficiency in its operations. The business will be about the importation of medical and surgical equipment from foreign countries…
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After all, what happens when certain services do not work on the web site? Such interruptions of services can cause the customer distress and distrust in the Internet venue. It is important Aetna remain one step ahead of the game by employing staff to maintain and update the site. This can be costly over time. Still the type of dedicated 24/7 services that is expected is also typical of the insurance industry with respect to size, position and customer base. Aetna has done a good job in utilizing e-commerce to its advantage. On the other hand, while not being too flashy, it is also possible that Aetna could slowly introduce other services to the web site. In this way, they remain on the cutting edge of the technology and set the Internet presence for another companies within the industry.
Aetna has many traditional offices throughout the United States to better…
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Tresemme Fresh Start is, however, the number one brand in dry shampoo (Communispace, 2013). There are roughly three types of competitors for Tresemme. Direct competitors are those in the dry shampoo space that has similar positioning or price points. Indirect competitors are dry shampoos with dissimilar position or price point, and close substitutes like conventional shampoo with similar positioning.
One way to determine who the most direct competitors are is to check the product page at Amazon. e have established criteria for what a competitor looks like -- similar pricing and positioning -- and if consumers who are looking at Tresemme are also viewing the pages for similar products, that similar product is a competitor we have to beat for that sale. Based on this, Batiste, Suave Keratin, Dove, and Got2b are all competitors. The Suave and Dove products are priced lower, as is Batiste. Got2b is priced higher, as…
Amazon.com (2013). Tresemme Fresh Start Waterless Dry Shampoo. Amazon.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013 from http://www.amazon.com/TRESemme-Fresh-Start-Shampoo-Dry/dp/B0037LKIAG
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Neff, J. (2010). Why tiny Tresemme is rising to top of hair care heap. Advertising Age. Retrieved April 12, 2013 from http://adage.com/article/news/marketing-tiny-tresemme-rising-top-hair-care-heap/145573/
Analysis of California Pizza Kitchen Strengths and Weaknesses
California Pizza Kitchen has been able to rise above the difficult economic conditions in their largest markets by concentrating on the most strategically important process areas first. At the center of their strengths, the chain has is the ability to support their global brand with a unique, branded dining experience (Fair Disclosure Wire, 2010). Creating the integration between a restaurant's global brand and having the dining experience support and accentuate the brand's messaging and value is elusive and yet very profitable (McCaw, 2009). This is the greatest strength that California Pizza Kitchen has been able to attain in its history including its growth across geographies.
The second greatest strength of the company is its ability to continually create unique food entrees and continually keep the in-restaurant dining experience new and exciting even for the most loyal customers. This ability to create a…
Dasu, S., & Chase, R.. (2010). Designing the Soft Side of Customer Service. MIT Sloan Management Review, 52(1), 33-39.
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The bargaining power of suppliers
Suppliers have a relatively high bargaining power. On a market like organic foods, suppliers are very important for companies' activity. In other words, they practically depend on their suppliers.
As a consequence, suppliers represent the most important environmental factor of influence for Whole Foods, and the same situation applies in the case of any organic foods company. This business consists mainly in the raw materials that the company uses to produce the goods it sells under this brand. The company's activity depends on the quality of the raw materials, and on any potential delays from suppliers. The prices negotiated with suppliers have a direct impact on the production costs, and on the end-user price.
The company's strong position on the market in ensured by the numerous strengths the company benefits from. First of all, the company is renowned by the quality of…
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Ebay needs of to pay attention to brand equity and get back to the basics of offering good customer service to its customer base. Otherwise, it is an open market for anyone to step in and take their place. Losing focus of brand and company vision has been the downfall of many corporate giants.
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Williams, M. (2007). Ebay,…
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Even public transportation is growing more expensive, given that cash-strapped states are raising fares.
Victory offers customizable bikes with great value and power, according to its promotional literature. I
Victory began as an "offshoot" of Polaris Industries, which is mainly known for marketing snowmobiles and ATVs. Amongst the target audience, particularly in the South and areas where snowmobiling is uncommon, it may have little brand recognition.
The economic downturn and demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles could be capitalized upon as a great opportunity for the company -- more individuals are likely to be seeking out motorcycles as a mode of transportation.
In a recent head-to-head of Harleys and Victories, one trade magazine said that Victory produced the superior model, but Harley had the better-known name: "It comes down to cooler character of the Harley vs. The better handling, more powerful Cross Country. I know…
Cherney, Andrew. 2010 H-D Road Glide vs. 2010 Victory Cross Country: New breed of baggers busts out. Motorcycle Cruiser. 2010. October 7, 2010 at http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/1004_crup_2010_hd_road_glide_vs_2010_victory_cross_country/motorcycle_design.html
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Internal Analysis SWOT Analysis
esource-Based View (BV) analysis in Kraft Foods Company
esources in Kraft Foods Company
Kraft Foods Company has an advance of physical resources. These resources are meant for production and creation of a sustainable environment of productivity. Within the notion of productivity, Kraft Foods Company benefits from the resources since they offer the company a positive strength or capability to perform in the market. Increase in the amounts of resources translates to increase in productivity within the organization. Therefore, fullness of resources within the company has fostered its existence and strength of productivity in the market. Physical resources are the tangible facets that are used in production. For instance, the company relies on manufacturing structures, tools, and transportation mechanisms like trucks. These tangible resources are of immense assistance when it comes to productivity within the organization.
The physical resources give the company strength of productivity.…
Henry, A. (2007). The Internal Environment: A Resource-Based View of Strategy.
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Customers complain of smaller cramped seats and hence an uncomfortable flight experience. This is because Southwest wants to accommodate as many passengers as it can in one flight and its seats are thus smaller than those found in other airlines. This is especially uncomfortable for those who need extra space due to physical challenges.
The other weakness of Southwest is its customer on-plane experience. Owing to the cost concern, Southwest put as many seats as possible in the planes and only single class seat, economic. It means that the size of a seat in Southwest's airplanes is smaller than a seat in other airlines' aircrafts. Thus, there are some customers could feel uncomfortable with the smaller seats because those customers' physical issues, like the football players. Therefore, the Southwest might loses the business of those customers with special issues.
The threats always come from external environment. And external environment…
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Applying SWOT Analysis for Effective Planning
Using a SWOT diagram as a planning tool can be very important for a company. The purpose in using this diagram as a planning tool is to ensure that the company is aware of its strengths and opportunities, as well as its weaknesses and the threats to its livelihood. When companies are not familiar with all four of these aspects, they can make mistakes when cause them to lose out on valuable benefits they could otherwise receive. Additionally, these companies may end up ignoring threats that could seriously harm them in the future. By focusing on what they can do to maximize their opportunities and play up their strengths, they will be one step further when it comes to staying ahead of the competition. A company that performs a SWOT analysis properly may also learn that it must take its external threats more seriously…
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Throughout the past trailing twelve months, the Dell share has decreased from a maximum of $26.04 to a current trading value of $10.62 (the Motley Fool, 2009). This negatively impacts its perception among investors.
A second strength was manifested in the packaging of their products. The Dell management sustained intense efforts to ensure that the organizational customers would receive their products as rapidly as possible and in the best of conditions. To ensure then the full protection of the hardware items, they would pack the products in large packages. This however brought severe criticism from environmental organizations which argued that Dell was wasting precious resources that were already scarce (Murray, 2008).
Following the same agenda of reduced prices and customer satisfaction, the Dell engineers sometimes fail to pay enough attention to all details. In 2006 for instance, 4.1 million laptop batteries were withdrawn from the market for fear that they…
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Intel SWOT Analysis
The following is an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of Intel Corporation. What is noteworthy regarding this company is their ability to continually reinvent themselves beginning with esearch & Development (&D) processes and strategies first, then emanating to all other areas of their value chain (West, Iansiti, 2003). This has led to Intel surviving many generations of technology shifts while competitors less agile have either been consolidated into other companies or exited key markets (aynor, 2011).
The following are the key strengths of Intel Corporation. First, they have the most comprehensive product line of microprocessors of any technology components company globally, which gives them the ability to quickly move into entirely new markets and dominate them (West, Iansiti, 2003). Second, Intel is exceptionally skilled at creating alliances and partnerships that serve as strong catalysts of innovation, greater market adoption (as the alliance…
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marketing audit SWOT analysis, summarized a list key issues addressed marketing operation
Windfall Dancers Inc. Marketing esearch
Windfall Dancers Inc. is committed to its dancers and to ensuring high levels of performance. The company is nevertheless administered in a relatively artistic way, without important emphasis on the business feature. In other words, despite the emphasis on quality services, Windfall Dancers must also focus on being marketable. In essence, it has to be place more emphasis on the marketing dimension of the service and to place and promote the company in such a manner that it generates customer demands, and as such sustainable revenue.
In order to attain this objective, it is first necessary to devise a process of market research which addresses the various dimensions of the current organizational problem, namely the failure of the company to adapt to the needs of the modern day consumers, but also to promote…
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There is also no support for a distributed order management hub or application to coordinate the global supply chain. This leads to significant duplication of effort over the long-term.
1. The company is excellent at creating partnerships and alliances, and needs to use the Disney model to grow the business globally.
2. Acquisitions in the sports equipment and footwear market have been managed well from an organizational integration standpoint, yet have not made significant revenue contributions. There is the potential to grow this area of the Crocs business beyond 4% as mentioned in the case study.
3. The manufacturing processes Crocs uses are based on injection molding techniques that have the potential for significant cost reduction over time. The company needs to look at these process areas and find additional savings by streamlining these production strategies.
4. Based on the evidence in the case, the company has significant potential…
The market is assumed to have perfect information to the price is assumed to reflect all publicly available information. As such, credit ratings or bond yields provide insight into how the market views this company, based on all publicly available information.
There is no guarantee that any source is going to have the information you seek. Indeed, once could waste a lot of time, especially if one is determined to hunt down unique sources of information for each competency and capability. Most of this information can be found from the top 2-3 sources; other sources may not be entirely superfluous but the researcher must understand that there is a point of diminishing returns with respect to most sources in the library or Internet. A search of an academic database can take hours to yield two useful articles, neither of which sheds any more light than what can be found on…
Brown, T. (2009). Corporate innovation at Southwest Airlines: An interview with Herb Kelleher, founder and former chair & CEO. Business Horizons. Vol. 52 (5) 409-412.
Weiss, D. & Maher, M. (2009). Operational hedging against adverse circumstances. Journal of Operations Management. Vol. 27 (5) 362-373.
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Strategic Plan, Part II, SWOT Analysis
The research will provide an insight about the internal and external environment of the business. The major elements of external business environment including the political, economic, social, technological, environmental are addressed below. The internal environment of an organization is also relevant and requires consideration. Therefore strategy, resources, organizational structure, organizational culture, leadership, and processes of internal environment are also discussed. The SWOT analysis along with its advantages and disadvantages are also a part of the study.
Internal and external environmental analysis for your proposed business:
Legal and regulatory:
The legal and regulatory issues associated with the external environment of the business effect a business to the core of its existence. The development in certain laws and regulations effecting the company operations are considered relevant and to some extant beyond the control and influence of the organization (Trkman, 2010).
The globalization has caused various…
Chen, Y., Wang, Y., Nevo, S., Jin, J., Wang, L., & Chow, W.S. (2013). IT capability and organizational performance: the roles of business process agility and environmental factors. European Journal of Information Systems.
Helms, M.M., & Nixon, J. (2010). Exploring SWOT analysis -- where are we now?: A review of academic research from the last decade. Journal of Strategy and Management, 3(3), 215-251.
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The clusters are self-sustaining in that the region is not dependent on any given firm or industry and workers who lose their jobs will not leave town but rather get a job at a nearby firm in the same industry. An industry cluster organization is an organization that is set up to support the development of an industry cluster, and then to be a voice for the cluster when dealing with government officials regarding the cluster's needs. Ten clusters have been identified by TREO:
aerospace and defense analytical instruments/optics medical devices bio-industry environmental technology institutional/private R&D information technology business services financial services transportation and logistics
Another tactic devised by TREO is to improve education. TREO wants to attract industry clusters with high-paying jobs. To do this, they need workers who can meet the needs of those firms. Thus, TREO is making a number of efforts to address this issue in…
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• Bill Brady's organization is large and well established.
• The organization is in a reliable and steady sector (finance)
• Low employee turnover and loyal long-term staff
• Review staff works on site to initiate needed changes.
• Change is being planned and managed strategically
• Clash between Bill and Ben's vision for the organization
• Ben initiated his own plan without consulting Bill, indicative of organizational culture problems
• Near the limit for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations for administering accounts prevents them from expanding
• High administration costs (highest in the industry)
• Impending to reduce staff (possibly through attrition and automation of some tasks) risks changing the organizational culture
• Need to improve performance standards and appraisals but no clear method has yet been implemented
• Ben Sage has replaced the old leader, offering the potential for positive and creative change for…
SWOT analysis in the strategic financial planning process:
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
The FDA, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services, regulates food, drug, tobacco products and other matters that pertain to consumer health and safety. It is charged with "protecting the public health by assuring that foods are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labeled; human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective" (What does the FDA do, 2012, FDA).
The FDA's mission of upholding consumer safety is widely supported by the public. It periodically posts information regarding the recall of dangerous products, providing a resource for the public and holding companies accountable. This ensures there will be sustained support for funding the organization. Although there have been calls to cut other departments, in general the public has grown more,…
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Layton, Lyndsay. (2011). Food safety advocates decry FDA cuts. The Washington Post.
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Also, more Swiss-based companies now have an American audience, since snowboarders are able to order their gear over the Internet, and compare prices as well as see what European manufactures have to offer them.
Although Burton sets the industry standard, it may be threatened by F2 and Prior's attempt to corner the edgy marketing base that made up the core of snowboarding, while other companies like Coiler might attempt to corner emerging aspects of the market, like women ("A complete list of links," 2007, About.com). Also, it must remain competitively priced, given that the Internet makes it easier for consumers to price-shop. Conversely, as snowboarding becomes more popular and more general sports companies sell gear, people seeking customized boards may be able to buy their gear closer to home.
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PAWS SWOT Analysis
The SWOT analysis is a comprehensive analysis and review of the organizational dynamic, inclusive of the internal and external environmental analysis. The internal analysis is a function of the internal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The effectiveness of the analysis ostensibly reveals the level to where the organization can be identified, relative to industry competition. Prior to engaging into the SWOT, a brief literature review is included to embolden the thought process regarding the analysis of the strategic landscape for Pets Assisting With Students (PAWS).
However, there have been addendums to the methodology inherent to the effective practice of conducting a SWOT analysis. The strategic change includes the focus to the resources-based SWOT analysis that does analyze the resource structure of the firm as a function of the internal and external environment, relative to the market share of the organization and the total available market within the…
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The ramp up of communications services and payment services is crucial for eBay to stay profitable over time. Additional weaknesses include the tendency to overlook support and service for their primary marketplace, leading to buyer and seller frustrations as well (Klein, 2008)
Despite the weaknesses the company is facing, there are many potential acquisitions they can make to bolster their three core businesses, including acquiring more payment processing companies to expand the breadth of their offerings in that area. There are also opportunities to capitalizing on reselling their marketplace solutions in a customized form to companies interested in creating their own. Additional opportunities include global growth through joint ventures and acquisitions to minimize new market entry risk.
The most significant strategic threat that eBay faces is the continual efforts of online criminals to hack into user accounts, in addition to hacking into eBay itself. An exponential risk in…
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The ability of DISH to continually bundle new services that are sports-oriented in addition to offering price-competitive services has emerged as a signification differentiator and core competency for the company (Solman, 2006).
The third major strength of DISH networks is their pioneering work in the area of providing MPEG-4 Service. Beginning in ugust, 2008 the company initiated offering MPEG-4 programming as part of its TurboHD Service. MPEG-4 is considered the best possible format or resolution for high definition television broadcasting. The technological advancements in MPEG-4 programming has emerged as a competitive advantage for the company, giving them a lead technologically against TiVo Services (Wildstrom, 2007).
The three major weaknesses of DISH Network Corporation are the Operations being too concentrated in specific areas, programming content is often difficult to access, and the subscriber base is dwindling through churn and attrition. For each of these specific weaknesses, strategies of minimizing them are…
A third weakness the company is facing is their dwindling number of subscribers. In the last calendar year for example, DISH reports subscriber declines in three of their four quarters, which is the first company-wide decline ever seen in the satellite TV industry. In the 3rd quarter of 2008 alone, the company lost over 10,000 subscribers. To overcome this loss of customers, DISH spent 10.8% on subscriber-related expenses including equipment and product upgrades from the previous 2007 timeframe and also began introducing higher-end services including HDTV-capable satellite systems. These were all significant investments for DISH yet did not deliver exceptional results. The company needs to embrace a more focused strategy of segmenting only on the most profitable customers, minimize churn in these highly profitable segments and quit trying to be all things to all people. A more focused marketing message would help significantly, one focus only on the highest value customers.
Section III: Analysis of Opportunities and Threats
Despite the weaknesses DISH has, there is also an abundance of opportunity for the company to grow well into the 21st century. Accessibility to the technologies for digital broadcasting and content, the potential of bundling more services to increase customer loyalty, and high definition television market growth are the top three
Postcard SWOT Analysis
Modern Postcard has a number of different strengths from which to draw. First, it has technological capabilities, and can design exceptionally good cards. These can be tailored to the needs of each customer as well, another asset. The second strength of Modern Postcard is that the company has a positive brand name. Impressions of the brand are favorable, as evidenced by the online reviews that the company has. Somebody unfamiliar with Modern Postcard will quickly learn that people have positive experiences in dealing with them (Google,2015). A third strength is the quality of customer service. The company has been able to build its reputation by training its staff well, enforcing service standards and generally taking an interest in meeting the needs of the customer.
One of the weaknesses that Modern Postcard has, however, is that it is not a large or well-known company. It might be reasonably…
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Items such as the potential partner's track record for development efficiency was a definite strength. In contrast, one weakness was the sharing of profits once the product went to market, as well as the fact that our company would not have sole ownership of the product. There was the opportunity to bring the product to market ahead of any potential competitors, plus the opportunity to develop a relationship that could serve both companies well into the future. However, there was the threat that this potential partner had worked in the past with competitors and that issues may arise should the partnership not be successful and the organization work with competitors again in the future. It was determined that the strengths of this partnership outweighed the weaknesses, and most threats could be prevented, so that both of our companies could fully take advantage of the opportunities the partnership afforded.
Here are the recommendations for Nordstrom:
Concentrate information systems spending on pricing analysis and execution. Clearly from the financial statements Nordstrom needs more control over pricing. The inclusion of ProfitLogic for pricing optimization is one alternative for example, to better harvest demand at the optical price point.
Go after the $300+ denim market globally more aggressively and with more concerted strategies today. In their latest financials and in their latest earnings calls, Nordstrom reports that even they are even surprised by the number of $300+ jeans being sold. As Nordstrom has a stable $100+ range of denim, the company needs to consider building out a strategy of bringing in a new designer to add more flair to the jeans.
Focus on multi-channel management to ensure all customers have an identical high-quality experience with each Nordstrom touch point. The many channels that Nordstrom sells through including the Web, their stores, discount…
First, the company's robust growth is quantified in their revenues' compounded annual growth rate of 30% between 2004 and 2008, with revenues growing from $334M to $1.2B. These revenue gains are attributable to the concentrated focus on women's and children's clothing and the build-out of low-cost stores in middle income areas of the country. In addition to these product and distribution strategies, Nordstrom has increased their investments in analytical software and sales techniques to increase same-store sales. Due to this strategy of combining analytics software and sales training focusing on cross-sell and up-sell strategies, there has been a steady increase in sales in the Nordstrom Rack chain over the last four years.
At the center of Nordstrom's success is their ability to create a culture that focuses on enhancing the lifetime value of the customer by delivering exceptional service and an attitude to do whatever it takes
The EVMI initiative will push the supply chain even more rigorously, requiring even greater financial investment. EVMI as a technology is an opportunity; the challenge for Chrysler is to transform their supply chain into a support infrastructure that can fully make this opportunity realizable. Additional opportunities for the company include the continual improvement of their quality management and compliance systems so they will be able to exceed CAFE requirement and create alliances with the NTSA, EPA and California emissions boards (Campbell, 2007). For the EVMI project to gain any momentum it would need to have the support of these three governing bodies. For Chrysler to realize the potential of the EVMI initiative it must also seek to transform its new product introduction process into one that can capitalize on low costs (Ibusuki, 2005) while also embracing innovation. This organizationally will be a very significant challenge for the company yet one…
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The aspect of understanding organizational performance and that of employees is among the greatest challenges most organizations face in the current global environment characterized by complex situations. This allows the management to adopt effective strategies of eliminating the identified barriers to organizational success and promoting behaviors that contribute to the realization of the designed organizational objectives. Different tools can be used to determine organizational and stakeholder performance. Among them is the SWOT analysis template that provides the organization with insights into their performance abilities and competitiveness. The SWOT diagram allows the management to analyze the collected information, interpret, and evaluate the challenges facing the organization and develop effective strategic objectives that eliminate the identified weaknesses and threats. The diagram also allows for the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization alongside the strengths and opportunities that should be utilized to provide it with the desired operational…
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Planning and Strategic Planning. Case Study: Payame Noor University of Aleshtar.
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