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    (Original post by james2557)
    Can someone make an essay plan for this question:

    Does the organizational culture of a business always deteriorate as it gets bigger?
    + Yes it does. Primark, wanted to grow so moved production to asia (poor culture)

    - No it doesnt. Apple, innovative cculture emphasised by Jobs. Didnt change
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    (Original post by monika_s)
    Dont know whether this has been answered but for section a you are told to refer to the case study at least twice, about 30% of you examples should be from the case study and the rest your own research

    for section b you dont have to refer to the case study given at all. i think it would be best to use your own research as you would probably have more info, unless you have researched the business given in the case study then use it, i would say use it if you get extremely stuck, but apart from that you dont have to refer to it at all
    Okk thank you how many businesses do we need to revise for part a, and what in relation to?
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    What do you think is going to come up tomorrow in Section B?

    I think:
    - Leadership
    - Retrenchment/Recession
    - Contingency planning

    What do you guys think? I'm hoping Ethics/CSR comes up but it came up in January.. However some topics to come up the following year too.
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    These businesses can be combined with Section A and Section B research.

    Ikea

    New to the list in 2013, Ikea has broad application for BUSS4 but is particularly good for Section A on organisational structure. Ikea has become a global retail success story based around a distinct retail format and culture. Great for issues of leadership style too.

    Royal Mail

    Another new entrant – Royal Mail has everything! Royal Mail is going through a substantial change programme that attempts to prepare it for privatisation, improve its competitiveness and respond to many competitive challenges. Moya Greene’s effectiveness in her role as the new CEO of the business should also be a feature of student research.

    Amazon / Zappos

    The relentless growth of Amazon, together with its acquisition of Zappos makes it an essential part of BUSS4 research in 2013. Amazon CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos is a great example of a leader who takes a long-term view of strategy. Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh is, similarly, a great example of a leader who believes that organisational culture can be a sustainable competitive advantage.

    Nokia

    One of our favourite case studies and still highly topical. Has Stephen Elop made the right strategic choices and can Nokia take on the ferocious competition from the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung, RIM, Sony and Huawei? Some 40,000 Nokia employees have lost their jobs since Elop took the helm in 2009; the rest are still swimming with Elop in the icy waters after jumping off that “burning platform”. However, there are now signs that Elop’s strategy may be working.

    Sony

    Another favourite which will not disappoint in 2013! Sony combines just about everything you might want in an A2 business studies case study. The “Apple of the 80’s” has ensured a terrible time recently. Hit by the Japanese earthquake (contingency planning; external shocks); new leadership (Kazou Hirai); heavily losses due to intense competition and the high Yen. Add in innovation (PS4, Sony Xperia) and organisational culture (“Sony must change… Sony will change” says Hirai) and you have a terrific case study for BUSS4.

    Starbucks

    A favourite for several years - surely you can’t teach A2 business without using Starbucks! Howard Schultz is everywhere explaining the turnaround story he has delivered at Starbucks. Ideal for Ansoff, Porter’s generic strategies, emerging markets, globalisation, leadership styles - the list is endless! For 2013 you can also dip into business ethics (how Starbucks was caught out with the tax avoidance scandal).

    Tata Group

    Now the UK’s biggest employer in the manufacturing sector, the Tata Group story has lots of angles and operates with a distinctive organisational structure. Tata’s takeovers of Jaguar Land Rover (successful) & Corus (less so) are good examples. Tata’s expansion into emerging markets (sometimes partnering with brands like Starbucks) is also great for international markets & globalisation). Tata’s long-term approach to strategy and investment is also a good source of compare and contrast in essay paragraph points.

    Samsung

    Another new entrant for 2013 but undoubtedly worthy of a place. The South Korean multinational conglomerate has an aggressive growth strategy based around a "fast follower" strategy, Samsung is challenging Apple and Huawei aiming to become the global leader in consumer electronics and it looks on course to achieve that with its stunning record of new product development.

    John Lewis Partnership

    JLP’s distinctive and highly successful business model is a great example for BUSS4 students and the JLP strategy and culture is perfect for building compare and contrast points. JLP has a bonus culture – but very different from those that have criticised in the banking and financial services industry!

    Southwest Airlines

    Each year we pick a research case study which is a “dark-horse” (and may not have strong examiner familiarity) but which is a compelling example for Section A and good for Section B. Southwest Airlines – the world’s most successful low-cost airline – is our choice. An amazing example for organisational culture (Southwest has a distinctive “employee-centric” culture) and great too for leadership and strategic direction/competitive advantage. Look out for resources which feature Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher.


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    do you lot think government intervention is likely to come up ?
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    (Original post by MrChuckNorris)
    What do you think is going to come up tomorrow in Section B?

    I think:
    - Leadership
    - Retrenchment/Recession
    - Contingency planning

    What do you guys think? I'm hoping Ethics/CSR comes up but it came up in January.. However some topics to come up the following year too.
    Yea I agree with you, retrenchment, contingency planning and maybe CSR are the likely ones to come up!
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    can anyone think of a YES for 'A strong culture is one that encourages risk taking?'

    Can only think of apple and their culture...
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    (Original post by amieeallen)
    How is ikea achieving globalisation?
    emerging markets/market expansion - india and china, particularly china, they plan to have 40 stores there by 2020, their bejing store on an average saturday gets 28,000 visitors - thats like a good week for european stores

    diversification - partnering with mariott hotels to build a chain of 3 star hotels in europe called Moxy hotels. plan to open 150 hotels in Europe, in places like Milan, England, sweden, Germany etc
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    http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.ph...r-retrenchment

    Check this link guys, there are sooooo many business examples where they have carried out a retrenchment business strategy!
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    (Original post by MrChuckNorris)
    What do you think is going to come up tomorrow in Section B?

    I think:
    - Leadership
    - Retrenchment/Recession
    - Contingency planning

    What do you guys think? I'm hoping Ethics/CSR comes up but it came up in January.. However some topics to come up the following year too.
    Jim Riley just tweeted saying a leadership question in section B is unlikely, but can often be used as a depends on point!
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    What is everyone using Starbucks for, I see it mentioned WAY too often on here!

    Which topic, has it been succesfull and why has that helped reached their objective? (Basically, whats your chain of arguments?)
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    For section A it says "With reference to the case study" how many paragraphs do we have to do based on the case study?
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    After culture what else do I need to revise for?
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    (Original post by dulwin)
    These businesses can be combined with Section A and Section B research.

    Ikea

    New to the list in 2013, Ikea has broad application for BUSS4 but is particularly good for Section A on organisational structure. Ikea has become a global retail success story based around a distinct retail format and culture. Great for issues of leadership style too.

    Royal Mail

    Another new entrant – Royal Mail has everything! Royal Mail is going through a substantial change programme that attempts to prepare it for privatisation, improve its competitiveness and respond to many competitive challenges. Moya Greene’s effectiveness in her role as the new CEO of the business should also be a feature of student research.

    Amazon / Zappos

    The relentless growth of Amazon, together with its acquisition of Zappos makes it an essential part of BUSS4 research in 2013. Amazon CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos is a great example of a leader who takes a long-term view of strategy. Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh is, similarly, a great example of a leader who believes that organisational culture can be a sustainable competitive advantage.

    Nokia

    One of our favourite case studies and still highly topical. Has Stephen Elop made the right strategic choices and can Nokia take on the ferocious competition from the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung, RIM, Sony and Huawei? Some 40,000 Nokia employees have lost their jobs since Elop took the helm in 2009; the rest are still swimming with Elop in the icy waters after jumping off that “burning platform”. However, there are now signs that Elop’s strategy may be working.

    Sony

    Another favourite which will not disappoint in 2013! Sony combines just about everything you might want in an A2 business studies case study. The “Apple of the 80’s” has ensured a terrible time recently. Hit by the Japanese earthquake (contingency planning; external shocks); new leadership (Kazou Hirai); heavily losses due to intense competition and the high Yen. Add in innovation (PS4, Sony Xperia) and organisational culture (“Sony must change… Sony will change” says Hirai) and you have a terrific case study for BUSS4.

    Starbucks

    A favourite for several years - surely you can’t teach A2 business without using Starbucks! Howard Schultz is everywhere explaining the turnaround story he has delivered at Starbucks. Ideal for Ansoff, Porter’s generic strategies, emerging markets, globalisation, leadership styles - the list is endless! For 2013 you can also dip into business ethics (how Starbucks was caught out with the tax avoidance scandal).

    Tata Group

    Now the UK’s biggest employer in the manufacturing sector, the Tata Group story has lots of angles and operates with a distinctive organisational structure. Tata’s takeovers of Jaguar Land Rover (successful) & Corus (less so) are good examples. Tata’s expansion into emerging markets (sometimes partnering with brands like Starbucks) is also great for international markets & globalisation). Tata’s long-term approach to strategy and investment is also a good source of compare and contrast in essay paragraph points.

    Samsung

    Another new entrant for 2013 but undoubtedly worthy of a place. The South Korean multinational conglomerate has an aggressive growth strategy based around a "fast follower" strategy, Samsung is challenging Apple and Huawei aiming to become the global leader in consumer electronics and it looks on course to achieve that with its stunning record of new product development.

    John Lewis Partnership

    JLP’s distinctive and highly successful business model is a great example for BUSS4 students and the JLP strategy and culture is perfect for building compare and contrast points. JLP has a bonus culture – but very different from those that have criticised in the banking and financial services industry!

    Southwest Airlines

    Each year we pick a research case study which is a “dark-horse” (and may not have strong examiner familiarity) but which is a compelling example for Section A and good for Section B. Southwest Airlines – the world’s most successful low-cost airline – is our choice. An amazing example for organisational culture (Southwest has a distinctive “employee-centric” culture) and great too for leadership and strategic direction/competitive advantage. Look out for resources which feature Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher.


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    how does the external environment affect organisatonal culture
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    (Original post by YoloPirate)
    Where did this come from?
    tutor2u
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    (Original post by dulwin)
    Yea I agree with you, retrenchment, contingency planning and maybe CSR are the likely ones to come up!
    What are some good examples for:

    - Retrenchment -
    - Contingency planning? (I don't even know what that is)
    - CSR -
    - Leadership -
    - Emerging markets -

    Also, are there any other possible topics that may come up? Thanks
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    I'm answering this question at the moment: Does a strong organisational culture guarantee business success in the long-term?

    Can anyone give me an example of where a strong culture hasn't guaranteed success?

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    (Original post by rubix1)
    What would be your chain of arguments for this then?
    Also, what were their differing interests?
    chain of argument hmm so i guess the overall point would be mergers dont lead to success because its difficult for two companies to have effective communication. This is shown through Sony and Ericcson, when they merged together to create mobile phones. As they implemented a democratic culture, where communication was essential, as a result, decisive decisions were not fast enough for the intense and constantly changing mobile phone technologcial market, because they discussed more than they executed. Consequently, this allowed competitors, such as Samsung and Apple to release innovative products before Sony, firmly establishing themselves as dominant in the smart phone market, leaving Sony behind. Thus, this meant that customers were aware of competitors products rather than Sony's because they were slow to release theres. As competitors products seemed more innovative than Sony who were slow to release products, customers favoured competitors products, resulting in a decline in Sony's market share of mobile phones, and a decline in profits. To overcome this Sony has ended its relationship with Erricsson, attempting to re-establish itself in the mobile phone market by releasing new innovative products such as the Xperia Z. then evaluation you could say it may depend on the success of the market campaign maybe, im not really sure i dont like that paragraph.

    im not sure what the differences were, in a video sony new leader Hirai said that they had differences but didnt state what they were, and this held them back. if you google it im sure you can find it
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    (Original post by andyjack94)
    can anyone think of a YES for 'A strong culture is one that encourages risk taking?'

    Can only think of apple and their culture...
    i think another one could be Google, they spend heavily on new innovative ideas like Google Glass.
 
 
 
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