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Assignment 2: External and Internal Environments

26 Feb

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Assignment 2: External and Internal Environments
Due Week 4 and worth 350 points
Choose an industry you have not yet written about in this course, and one publicly traded corporation
within that industry. Research the company on its own Website, the public filings on the Securities and
Exchange Commission EDGAR database (
http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml), in the University’s online
databases, and any other sources you can find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help
address some of these questions.
Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:
1. Choose the two (2) segments of the general environment that would rank highest in their
influence on the corporation you chose. Assess how these segments affect the corporation you
chose and the industry in which it operates.
2. Considering the five (5) forces of competition, choose the two (2) that you estimate are the most
significant for the corporation you chose. Evaluate how well the company has addressed these
two (2) forces in the recent past.
3. With the same two (2) forces in mind, predict what the company might do to improve its ability to
address these forces in the near future.
4. Assess the external threats affecting this corporation and the opportunities available to the
corporation. Give your opinions on how the corporation should deal with the most serious threat
and the greatest opportunity. Justify your answer.
5. Give your opinion on the corporation’s greatest strengths and most significant weaknesses.
Choose the strategy or tactic the corporation should select to take maximum advantage of its
strengths, and the strategy or tactic the corporation should select to fix its most significant
weakness. Justify your choices.
6. Determine the company’s resources, capabilities, and core competencies.
7. Analyze the company’s value chain to determine where they can create using the resources,
capabilities, and core competencies discussed above.
8. Use at least three (3) quality references.
Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as
academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all
sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any
additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s
name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Identify how the six segments of the general environment affect an industry and its firms.
Identify the five forces of competition.
Analyze the external environment for opportunities and threats that impact the firm.
Analyze the internal environment of a company for strengths and weaknesses that impact the
firm’s competitiveness.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in business administration.
Write clearly and concisely about business administration using proper writing mechanics.
BUS 499 – Assignments and Rubrics
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and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of
Strayer University.
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Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and
language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 350 Assignment 2: External and Internal Environments
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 60% F
Meets
Minimum
Expectations
60-69% D
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Choose the two (2)
segments of the
general environment
that would rank highest
in their influence on the
corporation you chose.
Assess how these
segments affect the
corporation you chose
and the industry in
which it operates.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or
incompletely
chose the two (2)
segments of the
general
environment that
would rank
highest in their
influence on the
corporation you
chose. Did not
submit or
incompletely
assessed how
these segments
affect the
corporation you
chose and the
industry in which
it operates.
Insufficiently
chose the two
(2) segments
of the general
environment
that would rank
highest in their
influence on
the corporation
you chose.
Insufficiently
assessed how
these
segments
affect the
corporation you
chose and the
industry in
which it
operates.
Partially chose
the two (2)
segments of the
general
environment
that would rank
highest in their
influence on the
corporation you
chose. Partially
assessed how
these segments
affect the
corporation you
chose and the
industry in
which it
operates.
Satisfactorily
chose the two
(2) segments
of the general
environment
that would
rank highest in
their influence
on the
corporation
you chose.
Satisfactorily
assessed how
these
segments
affect the
corporation
you chose and
the industry in
which it
operates.
Thoroughly
chose the two
(2) segments
of the general
environment
that would rank
highest in their
influence on
the corporation
you chose.
Thoroughly
assessed how
these
segments
affect the
corporation
you chose and
the industry in
which it
operates.
2. Considering the five
(5) forces of
competition, choose
the two (2) that you
estimate are the most
significant for the
corporation you chose.
Evaluate how well the
company has
addressed these two
(2) forces in the recent
past.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
chose the two (2)
that you estimate
are the most
significant for the
corporation you
chose. Did not
submit or
incompletely
evaluated how
well the company
has addressed
these two (2)
forces in the
recent past.
Insufficiently
chose the two
(2) that you
estimate are
the most
significant for
the corporation
you chose.
Insufficiently
evaluated how
well the
company has
addressed
these two (2)
forces in the
recent past.
Partially chose
the two (2) that
you estimate
are the most
significant for
the corporation
you chose.
Partially
evaluated how
well the
company has
addressed
these two (2)
forces in the
recent past.
Satisfactorily
chose the two
(2) that you
estimate are
the most
significant for
the corporation
you chose.
Satisfactorily
evaluated how
well the
company has
addressed
these two (2)
forces in the
recent past.
Thoroughly
chose the two
(2) that you
estimate are
the most
significant for
the corporation
you chose.
Thoroughly
evaluated how
well the
company has
addressed
these two (2)
forces in the
recent past.
3. With the same two
forces in mind, predict
what the company
might do to improve its
ability to address these
forces in the near
future
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
predicted what
the company
might do to
improve its ability
to address these
forces in the near
future.
Insufficiently
predicted what
the company
might do to
improve its
ability to
address these
forces in the
near future.
Partially
predicted what
the company
might do to
improve its
ability to
address these
forces in the
near future.
Satisfactorily
predicted what
the company
might do to
improve its
ability to
address these
forces in the
near future.
Thoroughly
predicted what
the company
might do to
improve its
ability to
address these
forces in the
near future.
4. Assess the external
threats affecting this
Did not submit or
incompletely
Insufficiently
assessed the
Partially
assessed the
Satisfactorily
assessed the
Thoroughly
assessed the

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corporation and the
opportunities available
to the corporation. Give
your opinions on how
the corporation should
deal with the most
serious threat and the
greatest opportunity.
Justify your answer.
Weight: 10%
assessed the
external threats
affecting this
corporation and
the opportunities
available to the
corporation. Did
not submit or
incompletely
gave your
opinions on how
the corporation
should deal with
the most serious
threat and the
greatest
opportunity. Did
not justify your
answer.
external threats
affecting this
corporation
and the
opportunities
available to the
corporation.
Insufficiently
gave your
opinions on
how the
corporation
should deal
with the most
serious threat
and the
greatest
opportunity.
Insufficiently
justified your
answer.
external threats
affecting this
corporation and
the
opportunities
available to the
corporation.
Partially gave
your opinions
on how the
corporation
should deal
with the most
serious threat
and the
greatest
opportunity.
Partially
justified your
answer.
external
threats
affecting this
corporation
and the
opportunities
available to the
corporation.
Satisfactorily
gave your
opinions on
how the
corporation
should deal
with the most
serious threat
and the
greatest
opportunity.
Satisfactorily
justified your
answer.
external
threats
affecting this
corporation
and the
opportunities
available to the
corporation.
Thoroughly
gave your
opinions on
how the
corporation
should deal
with the most
serious threat
and the
greatest
opportunity.
Thoroughly
justified your
answer.
5. Give your opinion on
the corporation’s
greatest strengths and
most significant
weaknesses. Choose
the strategy or tactic
the corporation should
select to take
maximum advantage of
its strengths, and the
strategy or tactic the
corporation should
select to fix its most
significant weakness.
Justify your choices.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
gave your opinion
on the
corporation’s
greatest
strengths and
most significant
weaknesses. Did
not submit or
incompletely
chose the
strategy or tactic
the corporation
should select to
take maximum
advantage of its
strengths, and
the strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select to
fix its most
significant
weakness. Did
not submit or
incompletely
justified your
choices.
Insufficiently
gave your
opinion on the
corporation’s
greatest
strengths and
most significant
weaknesses.
Insufficiently
chose the
strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select
to take
maximum
advantage of
its strengths,
and the
strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select
to fix its most
significant
weakness.
Insufficiently
justified your
choices.
Partially gave
your opinion on
the
corporation’s
greatest
strengths and
most significant
weaknesses.
Partially chose
the strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select to
take maximum
advantage of its
strengths, and
the strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select to
fix its most
significant
weakness.
Partially
justified your
choices.
Satisfactorily
gave your
opinion on the
corporation’s
greatest
strengths and
most
significant
weaknesses.
Satisfactorily
chose the
strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select
to take
maximum
advantage of
its strengths,
and the
strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select
to fix its most
significant
weakness.
Satisfactorily
justified your
choices.
Thoroughly
gave your
opinion on the
corporation’s
greatest
strengths and
most
significant
weaknesses.
Thoroughly
chose the
strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select
to take
maximum
advantage of
its strengths,
and the
strategy or
tactic the
corporation
should select
to fix its most
significant
weakness.
Thoroughly
justified your
choices.
6. Determine the
company’s resources,
capabilities, and core
competencies.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or
incompletely
determined the
company’s
resources,
capabilities, and
core
competencies.
Insufficiently
determined the
company’s
resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies.
Partially
determined the
company’s
resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies.
Satisfactorily
determined the
company’s
resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies.
Thoroughly
determined the
company’s
resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies.

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and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of
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7. Analyze the
company’s value chain
to determine where
they can create using
the resources,
capabilities, and core
competencies
discussed above.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or
incompletely
analyzed the
company’s value
chain to
determine where
they can create
using the
resources,
capabilities, and
core
competencies
discussed above.
Insufficiently
analyzed the
company’s
value chain to
determine
where they can
create using
the resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies
discussed
above.
Partially
analyzed the
company’s
value chain to
determine
where they can
create using the
resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies
discussed
above.
Satisfactorily
analyzed the
company’s
value chain to
determine
where they
can create
using the
resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies
discussed
above.
Thoroughly
analyzed the
company’s
value chain to
determine
where they can
create using
the resources,
capabilities,
and core
competencies
discussed
above.
8. 3 references
Weight: 5%
No references
provided
Does not meet
the required
number of
references; all
references
poor quality
choices.
Does not meet
the required
number of
references;
some
references poor
quality choices.
Meets number
of required
references; all
references
high quality
choices.
Exceeds
number of
required
references; all
references
high quality
choices.
9. Clarity, writing
mechanics, and
formatting
requirements
Weight: 10%
More than 8
errors present
7-8 errors
present
5-6 errors
present
3-4 errors
present
0-2 errors
present

 

 
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