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STR 581 Strategic Planning & Implementation /Complete Class

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STR 581 Week 1 Individual Assignment: Ethics Reflection Paper Resources: Ethics Awareness Inventory and Ethical Choices in the Workplace assessments Use the Ethics Awareness Inventory and Ethical Choices in the Workplace assessments to revisit your personal and professional values. Write a paper of no more than 1,050-words in which you do the following: • •

Explain the role of ethics and social responsibility in developing a strategic plan, considering stakeholder needs. Explain how your ethical perspective has evolved throughout the program.

Format your paper according to APA standards. DQ1.What are the major components of a strategic management process? Which of these components is the most difficult for managers to perform? Explain your answer.

DQ2.Where have you seen organizational mission, vision, and values statements that were misleading? How did that affect the organization?

STR 581 Week 2 Individual Assignment: Environmental Scan and Summary The Executive Team at Kudler has expressed a desire to grow more rapidly and as a result Kudler must consider some alternative strategies. Resources: Kudler’s Fine Foods within the Virtual Organizations o

Perform an environmental scan of the Kudler Fine Foods Virtual Organization.


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Write a summary of no more than 700-words of Kudler’s internal and external environments.

DQ 1.How would you determine if a strategy has created value and sustained competitive advantage for Kudler Fine Foods? DQ 2.Locate an organization in the news and explain how it is trying to create value and competitive advantage in its sector. o

STR 581 Week 3 Individual Assignment: Strategic Plan Update—Draft I Resources: Kudler’s Fine Foods within the Virtual Organizations o

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Begin updating the 2003 strategic plan for Kudler Fine Foods or your own organization, with approval from your instructor. The link to the Kudler Fine Foods organization may be found on your student Web site. Write a 350-word APA formatted draft of part of the strategic plan, including a revised organizational mission, vision, and values statements. Format your paper according to APA standards.

DQ1.Through your research, select two of the strategic plan options that could apply to Kudler Fine Foods. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each option? How does each of the two choices fit with the organization? DQ2.When facing a choice between strategic plans of similar value, how would you determine which strategic plan to incorporate?

STR 581 Week 4 Learning Team Assignment: Strategy Paper Write a paper of no more than 1,050-words that evaluates alternatives your organization must consider to realize growth. •

Include one alternative per team member and recommend a single strategy that the organization might implement.

Format your paper according to APA standards. DQ1. Recall how you determined if you created value and sustained competitive advantage for Kudler Fine Foods. While implementing this strategy, what factors would you monitor and


evaluate to determine if you were successful? Why would monitoring and evaluating these factors be important?

DQ2.Which of the following considerations are most often neglected when implementing a strategy; structural, leadership, or cultural? Defend your position.

STR 581 Week 5 Individual Assignment: Strategic Plan Update—Draft II Continue updating the 2003 strategic plan for Kudler Fine Foods or your own organization with approval from your instructor. The link to the Kudler Fine Foods organization may be found on the student Web site. Write a draft of the strategic plan for Kudler to include the following: o

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Implementation Plan: Create a WBS and Gantt chart for the new strategy including objectives, functional tactics, action items, milestones, tasks, resource allocation, and deadlines. Key success factors for the plan implementation, as well as cash budget and forecasted financials in your analysis

Risk management plan, including contingency plans for identified risks

STR 581 Week 6 Individual Assignment: Strategic Plan Update—Final Complete the 2003 strategic plan for Kudler Fine Foods or your own organization, with approval from your instructor. Update your plan to incorporate instructor feedback from the draft versions submitted in Weeks Three and Five, reflecting on how Kudler may incorporate strategic thinking in keeping the plan current. Include the following: Executive summary Company background Organizational mission, vision, and value statements Environmental scan


Review of the individual strategies from Week Four and a recommendation for the best strategy for Kudler Implementation Plan: Create a WBS and Gantt chart for the new strategy. Include objectives, functional tactics, action items, milestones, tasks, resource allocation, and a deadline. In addition, analyze the key success factors for plan implementation. Include cash budget for the implementation plan and forecasted financials for Kudler. Risk management plan, including contingency plans for identified risks Write a cover letter to your boss at Kudler Fine Foods, or your own organization, concerning your plan and thoughts on strategic planning. Reflect on how Kudler may incorporate strategic thinking in keeping the plan current. Format your paper according to APA standards DQ1.Although objectives, functional tactics, and action items are included in many implementation plans, why do some organizations have a difficult time reflecting the plan they create? DQ2.What problems have you faced when creating your implementation plan? In your experience, where do risk management plans fall short?


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