Describe Apple’s main present corporate level strategies, and evaluate the suitability of these strategies.
5000 words including supporting, charts, diagrams and tables, but without references and appendices.
The purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned from this module. There are many, equally valid ways to fulfil the assignment tasks. You will therefore have to make many choices of your own. For example, you have to decide what strategies to focus on, and you have to choose which tools and concepts to apply to this case.
You should need to conduct your own research into the company, its strategy, and its environment. The case study printout provides some information, but you must use additional sources. Please note that the case study covers only the time up to 2012 rather than the present. Moreover, the case study printout focusses on innovation, culture, and leadership, but this is only part of the information you need to fulfil your task. Internet search, in particular the company website, news articles, and journal articles will be useful for gaining additional information about the company and its environment. To back up theoretical claims and define the tools you use, you have to refer to academic journal articles and/or books.
You should first describe the most important features of Apple’s corporate level strategies at present. The main focus is on corporate level strategies, but you can refer to business level strategies when they are closely linked or part of corporate level strategies. You will have to look slightly back into the past (e.g. 5-10 years back) in order to describe the present strategies, but you are NOT required to provide a detailed history of Apple’s strategies.
To describe the strategies, you should use the information that you get on Apple’s particular activities, but you should analyse these activities in more depth by using strategy concepts, such as the Ansoff matrix or the strategy clock, or Porters generic strategy options. Please note that you should not use all of these concepts but you should be parsimonious and you can use other strategy concepts instead.
You then have to evaluate the strategies with regard to their suitability. You should use only the criterion of ‘suitability’ for your evaluation, not other criteria such as feasibility. Please use the definition of ‘suitability’ used in the Johnson et al. textbook. To examine suitability, you will thus have to analyse how the strategies match (a) Apple’s remote and operating environments, (b) its capabilities, and (c) its stakeholders’