Primary value chain activities that involve the effective layout of receiving dock operations (inbound logistics) and support value chain activities that include expertise in process engineering (technology development) characterize what generic strategy?
Overall cost leadership
A manufacturing business pursuing cost leadership will likely
rely on experience effects to raise efficiency
A firm can achieve differentiation through all of the following means EXCEPT
Offering lower prices to frequent customers
All of the following are potential pitfalls of a differentiation strategy EXCEPT
All rivals share a common input or raw material
Which statement regarding competitive advantages is true?
If several competitors pursue similar differentiation tactics they may all be percieved as eqauls in the mind of the consumer
All of the following are potential pitfalls of a focus strategy EXCEPT
all rivals share a common input or material
Research has consistently shown that firms that achieve both cost leadership and differentiation advantages tend to perform
higher than firms that achieve either a cost or differentiation strategy
The text discusses three approaches to combining overall cost leadership and differentiation competitive advantages. These are the following EXCEPT
deriving benefits from highly focused and high technology markets
Piecemeal productivity improvements during a turnaround typically does NOT involve
expansion of a firms product or market scope
McKesson, a large distribution company, sells many product lines such as pharmaceuticals and liquor through its super warehouses. This is an example of
achieving economies of scope through related diversification
For a core competence to be a viable basis for the corporation strengthening a new business unit, there are three requirements. Which one of the following is not one of these requirements?
the new biz must have an established large market share
Sharing core competencies is one of the primary potential advantages of diversification. In order for diversification to be most successful, it is important that
similarity required for sharing core
The risks of vertical integration include all of the following EXCEPT
lack of control over variables
__________ is when a firm's corporate office helps subsidiaries make wise choices in their own acquisitions, divestures, and new ventures.
A company offering local telecommunications service combines resources with an international company that manufactures digital switching equipment to research a new type of telecommunications technology. This is an example of
__________ may be time consuming and, therefore, firms may forfeit the benefits of speed that growth through __________ and __________ can provide.
Internal dev; mergers; aquisistions
Research shows that the following are all strategies used by firms engaged in successful turnarounds EXCEPT
In managing a firm's portfolio, the BCG matrix would suggest that
? can be future stars is market share increases
The reasons that explain why some governments make better use of the inflows from foreign investment and know-how than others include all of the following EXCEPT
high tariffs and taxes
Michael Porter's framework all of the following factors affect a nation's competitiveness EXCEPT
policies that protect
According to Michael Porter, firms that have experienced intense domestic competition are
...successfully complete abroad
Microsoft decided to establish a corporate research laboratory in Cambridge, England
to access the outstanding
The sale of Boeing's commercial aircraft and Microsoft's operating systems in many countries enable these companies to benefit from
economies of scale
Many U.S. multinational companies set up maquiladora operations south of the U.S.-Mexico border primarily
to take advantage of low cost of labor
Which of the following types of international firms are most likely to benefit from a global strategy as opposed to a multi-domestic strategy?
research in design and manufa
Elements of a multi-domestic strategy may facilitate the competitive advantage of cost leadership by
decreased shipping and transp costs
The difference between a franchise and licensing contract is that
franch contract is more specific and usually longer
__________ are most appropriate where a firm already has the appropriate knowledge and capabilities that it can leverage rather easily through multiple locations in many countries.
wholly owned subsid
Which of the following sources of entrepreneurial financing are available to ventures that have already started to conduct business and generate sales?
all of these
Based on statistics reported in the text, which of the following statements is FALSE?
90% venture cap fail
Entrepreneurial firms that pursue a low-cost leadership strategy use which of the following to achieve lower costs?
all of these
When an industry is mature, a __________ strategy is considered to be one of the most effective approaches for a new entrant.
Which of the following questions should a firm ask itself before responding to a competitive attack?
all of these
Which of the below best describes the competitive tendencies of small firms?
small firms are more nimable
Which of the following is NOT one of the three characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership mentioned by the text?
clarifying job respons
"Doing more with less", by holding down costs or making more efficient use of resources is one of the ways entrepreneurs achieve success. This is an example of how entrepreneurs use
low cost leader