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    (Original post by sofiax0)
    John Lewis arguably, because all employees are partners, so their culture derives on teamwork and togetherness in the sense that they all work hard together to achieve rewards.

    Royal mail also before Moya Greene to a certain extent because before she was there the employees were resistant to change and took industrial action, so this meant that the leaders weren't that powerful at influencing the culture of the business, because obv they didnt encourage that kind of behaviour. that may be a bit of a stretch though :confused:
    I think that's awesome and, if we're lucky, examiners will consider this as in-depth analysis
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    (Original post by sofiax0)
    oh okay thank you! do you have the link to the spec? is it on the aqa website?
    This is the one im using
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    just been published today - exam technique http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.ph...basics-of-peel
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    (Original post by sofiax0)
    no - with tesco you could say that although they retrenched their fresh and easy chain, they're expanding into emerging markets such as Thailand

    no - royal mail, although its still a market leader simply because its nationalised, to avoid losing its position as a market leader when its privatising, its focusing on modernisation and adapting to the change in consumer behaviours - more e-retailing, less letters - so they're focusing on delivering parcels - 70% of people are more likely to order online if its delivered by royal mail (but thats similar to your apple point)

    no - yahoo, they're losing their position because of competition from google and stuff, but rather than retrenchment, they're focusing on expansion through acquistions, for example with the acquisition of tumblr, becoming better, so enhancing its flickr service, and with competition, rather than attempting to take down competition, its made concessions with it e.g with Facebook they have an advertising partnership --> yahoo have sharing capibilites with fb on all their websites

    is that what you meant or have i got the wrong end of the stick :confused:
    Said the same thing to you yesterday.. Youre a bloody genius. Thanks
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    Can Someone give four examples for EACH of these sections:

    1.Mission Aims and Objectives
    2.CSR + Sustainability
    3.Retrenchment
    4:Takeovers and Mergers
    5European Business
    6:Contingency Planning
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    (Original post by rubix1)
    IS RETRENCHMENT THE BEST STRATEGY FOR A COMPANY THAT HAS LOST ITS POSITION AS A MARKET LEADER??

    Whats an against point for this?
    I got Apple - In a changing technological environment rather product develop to meet needs of customers
    For:
    on the one hand it can be argued that retrenchment may be the best strategy for a company that has lost its position as a market leader. Nokia was the leader of mobile phone market, dominating it. however due to its inward and slow to react culture meant that it failed to compete with Apple and Samsung on the smart phone market. in 2007 when apple introduced the Iphone to the market, Nokia lost a $88 billion market value. therefore it has a strategy of retrenchment in order to gain competitive advantage. retrenchment may be the best strategy as it allow Nokia to cut back on staff level so that it can create a culture of innovation and enterprise by removing staff who are reactive and inflexible. this will in turn create a culture where it si easy and quick yo respond to the changes. therefore it can get back as a leader. moreover retrenchment reduces the fixed costs as 40,000 staff are made redundant and so increases the profit and gives a competitive advantage as it can lower the prices to attract customers and so it gain the market value that it lost. furthermore this means Nokia will have enough retained profit which can be invested into innovation and it can build research and development centre. therefore retrenchment is the best strategy for Nokia, but this depends on the organisation. however this may create a culture of insecurity and so could lead to demotivation within the workforce. there are also other strategies such as diversification and product development, not necessarily retrenchment.

    Against:

    the retrenchment may not be the best strategy for a business which has its position as a market leader. strategy such as innovation or changing the culture may be the best strategy. this is evident at Google. Google had a bureaucratic culture run by Eric Schimet, this culture led to a high labour turnover as staff left for Facebook. this led to higher cost due to recruitment and training. which in turn damaged the profitability and market position. Larry Page took over as CEO and encouraged more of a innovative and democratic culture where employees are empowered and resposibility were delegated. this led to a motivated culture which are happy to bring new and innovative ideas. this led to the achievement of $50 billion of global. this shows that a change in culture may be the best strategy rather than retrenchment. however this depends on the organisation and how it lost the market position. as Nokia needed to retrenchment to remove the inflexible staff so that it can invest on innovation, where as Google had CEO who led to poor performance so it need to change its culture to return to the market position.

    i am not sure if this is correct and i may have made a mistake due to the time pressure.
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    (Original post by Hunty27)
    Can Someone give four examples for EACH of these sections:

    1.Mission Aims and Objectives
    2.CSR + Sustainability
    3.Retrenchment
    4:Takeovers and Mergers
    5European Business
    6:Contingency Planning
    1. EVERY COMPANY YOU CAN THINK OF
    2. M&S, Primark (do some)
    3. Tesco (Fresh&Easy), Nokia (Symbian)
    4. Amazon/Zappos, Nokia/Microsoft
    5. Ikea, Primark
    6. :confused:
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    Is tax avoidance CSR or ethics?
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    CAN A TAKEOVER/MERGER EVER BE SUCCESSFUL IF IT INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT RISK?

    Whats a point against? So saying it cant be successful
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    Guys, Section B is a beast and I'm struggling with it. Do you have any versatile companies, i.e. ones which we can use for many topics e.g. Costa for thriving in recession and for globalisation? I would really appreciate your help.
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    (Original post by rubix1)
    1. EVERY COMPANY YOU CAN THINK OF
    2. M&S, Primark (do some)
    3. Tesco (Fresh&Easy), Nokia (Symbian)
    4. Amazon/Zappos, Nokia/Microsoft
    5. Ikea, Primark
    6. :confused:
    For contingency planning you can bring in BP because they failed to plan, and you can bring in Cadbury because did the opposite and planned with the salmonella crisis.
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    (Original post by laurenculver24)
    For contingency planning you can bring in BP because they failed to plan, and you can bring in Cadbury because did the opposite and planned with the salmonella crisis.
    Cheers
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    (Original post by rubix1)
    CAN A TAKEOVER/MERGER EVER BE SUCCESSFUL IF IT INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT RISK?

    Whats a point against? So saying it cant be successful
    i havent read this but this failed http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/reso...er-merger.html

    also sony and ericsson merger failed - their phones werent innovative enough and couldnt compete with apple and samsung. this is because they spent too long discussing to make sure that the products met both values and intentions of the companies, and not enough time getting the product out there. so here their democratic culture failed them, it allowed competitors to get ahead. ultimately, the risk was meeting both values of the company as a result of the merger. consquently, sony's now just doing phones by itself such as the new xperia Z, to help re-establish its place in the market
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    (Original post by laurenculver24)
    For contingency planning you can bring in BP because they failed to plan, and you can bring in Cadbury because did the opposite and planned with the salmonella crisis.
    do you have any links about the salmonella crisis?
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    (Original post by sofiax0)
    do you have any links about the salmonella crisis?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5110674.stm
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    How should we manage our time for this exam? 10 minutes planning for both essays? Take away about 5 min for the case study in section A, you should have nearly 40 minutes per essay?
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    government intervention and its effects to business, any examples please?
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    (Original post by Hunty27)
    Can Someone give four examples for EACH of these sections:

    1.Mission Aims and Objectives
    2.CSR + Sustainability
    3.Retrenchment
    4:Takeovers and Mergers
    5European Business
    6:Contingency Planning
    This is what i got so far:

    1:

    Royal Mail: Mission: Biggest Uk Retailer in UK Aim: Parcel Market

    Ikea: Mission offer furnishing at competitive pricing that anybody can afford Aim: diversification (moxy hotels) + Emerging markets 11 stores in India, increase by 4 in a year,

    2:

    BP: Oil Spill in gulf of mexico, 11 people died
    British American Tobacco, has a CSR policy even though that it sells tobacco
    Diageo: 49 Drinks programmes around the world
    Enron: Corrupt culture, 21000 employees lost jobs and pensions lost

    3:Royal Mail (4 years negative cash flow removed stores, Myspace, thomas cook, nokia, Tesco (leaves Japan)

    4: Amazon-Zappos, cadbury-Kraft, addidas Reebok

    5: No clue

    6: Zappos (hacked), Toyota (tsunami)

    i know there are gaps can you help me fill them in or just add detail to my examples.
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    (Original post by sofiax0)
    like said before Tesco's,
    but also ikea
    and then you have the undeniably globalised businesses like amazon, yahoo, coca-cola, wal-mart/asda, mcdonalds

    what question do you think would be likely to come up for globalisation? like whether its necessary for success or?
    How is ikea achieving globalisation?
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    (Original post by CubePL)
    2012: Profits (excluding special items) of $417 million represent 40th consecutive year of profitability for SWA.


    2012: Total operating revenue: $17.1 billion
    Southwest has lower unit costs (adjusted for stage length), on average, than virtually all major domestic airlines and consistently has one of the best overall Customer Service records.


    2012: 85.96% departures on-time.


    2012: SWA is leading in the market for lowest customers complaints - 0.25 per 100,000 passangers


    The company experiences extremely low staff turnover.
    Thank
    you
 
 
 
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