1. What was the level of IT alignment at Cirque du Soleil in 2008? Cirque du Soleil is an artistic organization that utilizes IT to support its business processes. When Danielle introduced the idea of IT for Cirque du Soleil in 2000, she had a strong inkling that IT would be an integral part of the substantial growth of the organization. By 2008, IT was closely knit to the business and had increased the efficiency of the organization in every aspect.
It is critical for Classic Airlines to regain their industry-leading position in the market, increase revenue and profits, and create lasting relationships with customers. To do this, they must enter into the new realm of marketing to meet a growing demand from both competitors and customers for value and pricing. Describe the Situation “Classic Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Classic Airlines commands a fleet of more than 375 jets that serve 240 cities with more than 2,300 daily flights. In the 25 years since its inception.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: SUCCESS IS COMMUNICATING SUCCESS Bernard J Joy January 24, 2011 Southwest Airlines (SWA) is an example of an employee-empowered organization. The successful enterprise is dedicated to its personnel, customers, the environment, and its shareholders. Communication throughout the company adheres to the values and Mission of SWA. The success and future growth of the company depends on the culture taught and lived there, which serves as a model for other companies that choose to pursue this style of management. Historical The company was launched in 1971.
This had urged the company to find new avenues for growth. The success of J&J over the years has been based on relative autonomy and independence that it has accorded its various business units. Any collaboration must not threaten the strong entrepreneurial spirit that has been fostered through the firm’s reliance on this type of organization. Fostering Entrepreneurship J&J has relied heavily on acquisition. The firm has spent nearly $50 billion on 70 different purchases and in 2008, the company move into the area of wellness and protection by focusing on creating systems to foster and monitor healthy behavior among employees.
FastFit has expanded successfully in the New England area over the past five years. However to expand nationally as a major retailer, they need to improve the scalability of their operations (stores and warehouses). A key part of their strategy is to leverage information systems to automate and improve operations, to strengthen management controls, and to enable significant growth while maintaining the “high touch” customer experience. A diagram of their complete non-Web based operations follows. See figure 1.
Don is an intrinsic part of a 5-member team who built the Gene One out of a 2 million-dollar investment. Don’s goal is to position Gene One as an industry leader. In order to acquire large amounts of capital for advanced research and superior product development to meet consumer demand and a grow by 40% per year, Gene One board of directors have decided on an initial public offering (IPO) within a 36 month deadline. Describe the Situation Issue and Opportunity Identification Gene One has several opportunities within the organizations. These opportunities are organizational culture, teamwork, and leadership.
Welch’s management created wealth for shareholders. So, Steiner said that “If you had invested $100 in GE stock when Welch took the reins and held it for 20 years, it would have been worth $6,749”. (Steiner & Steiner,p.143). Welch’s management also seemed to protect and enhance societal assets. Welch acquired these businesses to improve them and reap the profits in the process.
Recommendation Calveta Dining Service should acquire Great Southwest Dining Service (GSD) and restructuring the organization in future to fulfill Antonio’s requirement which want Frank to double the company’s revenues within five years and can maintain the special company cultures. When Frank have decide to acquire GSD there have several advantages that can be achieve by Calveta. In the case given, Frank has been done some financial calculation using various growth projections for both GSD and Calveta over the next three years. After calculation, Frank perceived the opportunity to meet or at least come close to the revenue goals his father had set. Therefore, this is the best opportunity to Frank to build strategy in order to meet his father requirement.
However, with the solid reputation that Starbucks has built gives the company a competitive advantage over their competitors when entering new market territories. Risk Management and the Business Model used by Starbucks Home grown in the United States, Starbucks is delivering high performance not only to their customer but also to the company as a whole. Last year, Starbucks had a remarkable stock price increase in which they contribute to many factors. “As of the end of calendar 2011, Starbucks stock price had increased 43 percent from a year earlier” (GlobalData 2012). Since the company attributes their success due to customer experiences/rapport, employee morale and innovative products, Starbucks continues to replicate this business model to maintain a competitive edge.
Ethics and compliance are the utmost important things to the Pepsi Co. If a company stays ethical and compliant there will be more room for growth and intervention. To strengthen the ethical standards in the corporate and business world, the company joined with over 50 other companies to establish the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). BELA is a diverse group of businesses work together to enhance the ethical values of the corporate American that will not only satisfy the employees but also the public. BELA was created as a forum