Successful businesses regularly analyze their processes to ensure they’re operating as efficiently as possible and maintaining their competitive advantages. Although you can assess a company in many ways, a common technique is the SWOT analysis. In this assignment, you will practice using a SWOT analysis to better understand the factors involved in making business decisions that promote sustainable competitive advantage. 

 

Successful businesses regularly analyze their processes to ensure they’re operating as efficiently as possible and maintaining their competitive advantages. Although you can assess a company in many ways, a common technique is the SWOT analysis. In this assignment, you will practice using a SWOT analysis to better understand the factors involved in making business decisions that promote sustainable competitive advantage.

Select and research a company from the 2019 Fortune 500 list that demonstrates a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Evaluate the selected company’s sustainable competitive advantage using the SWOT analysis technique.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word modified SWOT analysis that includes the following:

  • An introduction with a detailed description of the company
  • A SWOT analysis diagram that includes strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • An evaluation of how specific internal factors (strengths and/or weaknesses) support and/or promote a competitive advantage; examples may include:
  • Financial, physical, or human resources
  • Access to natural resources, trademarks, patents, or copyrights
  • Current processes (employee programs or software systems)
  • An evaluation of how specific external factors (opportunities and/or threats) support and/or promote a competitive advantage; examples may include:
  • Market trends (new products or technology advancements)
  • Economic trends (local and/or global)
  • Demographics
  • Regulations (political, environmental, or economic)
  • Conclusion with an evaluation of how the company has retained its competitive advantage

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