Strategy

Strategy

Question 1 (strategy game): You have managed your camera company in the virtual industry environment for seven “years” together with your co-managers. As an individual now, and with the benefit of hindsight, if you were to start again from Year 6, what would you do differently in your strategy and in your management, and why?


Note: the game is clearly a means to an end, and what I’ll be looking for in your answer is that you use your “toolkit”, which you have acquired from Strategy and from other courses in this GXMBA. Also, the question is about company strategy and its deployment, not about internal group organization.


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Article 1 - Home Depot Earnings Beat, Raises Outlook


Published: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012 | 6:33 AM ET


By: CNBC.com With Reuters


Home Depot raised its full-year outlook on Tuesday as the retailer benefited from a recent uptick in the U.S. housing market and analysts expect a sales boost from super storm Sandy in the current quarter.


The nascent recovery in housing has encouraged professional contractors to buy more in recent months. Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement chain, has also gained from its own efforts to improve distribution, cut costs and localize marketing and merchandising.


Excluding a charge for closing seven stores in China, Home Depot said it had earned 74 cents per share. Analysts had been expecting 70 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.


Third-quarter revenue also beat estimates coming in at $18.1 billion compared to estimates of $17.9 billion. Sales at stores open at least a year increased 4.2 percent worldwide, including a 4.3 percent rise in the U.S.


"Our third-quarter results were better than we expected and reflected, in part, what we believe is the start of the path toward the healing of the housing market," Frank Blake, chairman & CEO of the company said in a statement.


After the earnings announcement, the company's shares edged...

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