Discuss why competitive advantages are not permanently sustainable

Unit Four

Discussion Question 1 (20 points)

o Prompt: Over time rivals use their resources, capabilities, and core resources to form different value-creating propositions. Discuss why competitive advantages are not permanently sustainable. Explain why firms must maximize their current competitive advantage while simultaneously using their resources and capabilities to form new advantages. Include in your response how Luke 14:28-30 guides us to maximize a competitive advantage by being a follower of Christ.

o Requirements: 250 words minimum initial post, 100 words minimum reply

• Discussion Question 2 (20 points)

o Prompt: Value chain analyses is used to identify and evaluate the competitive potential of a firm’s resources. Firms consider outsourcing when they cannot create value in a value chain activity or a support function. Discuss value chain analysis activity and the considerations for outsourcing.

o Requirements: 250 words minimum initial post, 100 word minimum reply

Unit Five

• Discussion Question 1 (20 points)

o Prompt: Customers are the foundation of successful business-level strategy. Discuss a firm’s three customer considerations—who, what, and how. These issues refer to the customer groups to be served.

o Requirements: 250 words minimum initial post, 100 words minimum reply

• Discussion Question 2 (20 points)

o Prompt: Corporate-level strategy is used by firms to become more diversified and create additional value. Discuss the use of single and dominant corporate-level strategies. When are single or dominant strategies preferred over diversified strategies?

o Requirements: 250 words minimum initial post, 100 words minimum reply

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