Walmart Case Study

Diagrams and tables can be used in the main parts of your answers or put in as appendices. Answer each individual question using the questions as sub-headings rather than attempting to write one answer that covers the questions.
Evidence of further reading will be marked accordingly.

A minimum of 3,000 words is expected and a reference section.

Module: Influencing Organisational Strategy

1. How well is Walmart performing? Your answer might consider to what extent its performance is attributable to industry attractiveness and to what extent to competitive advantage? (100 marks)

2. In which of Walmarts principal functions and activities (namely: purchasing, distribution and warehousing, in-store operations, marketing, IT, HRM, and organization and management systems/style) do its main competitive advantages lie? Your answer should identify the distinctive resources and capabilities in each of these functions and activities. (100 marks)

3. To what extent is Walmarts competitive advantage sustainable? (100 marks)

4. What challenges does Walmart currently face and what measures does it need to take to sustain its recent performance and defend against competitive (and other) threats? (100 marks)