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  Solutions Manual for Crafting and Executing Strategy Concepts and Cases The Quest for Competitive Advantage 21st Edition by Thompson IBSN 1259732789 Full download: http://downloadlink.org/p/solutions-manual-for-crafting-and-executing-strategy-concepts-and-cases-the-quest-for-competitive-advantage-21st-edition-by-thompson-ibsn-1259732789/  Test Bank for Crafting and Executing Strategy Concepts and Cases The Quest for Competitive Advantage 21st Edition by Thompson IBSN 1259732789 Full download: http://downloadlink.org/p/test-bank-for-crafting-and-executing-strategy-concepts-and-cases-the-quest-for-competitive-advantage-21st-edition-by-thompson-ibsn-1259732789/  SECTION 2   Using a Strategy Simulation  in Your Course: What ’ s Involved,  The Compelling Benefits,  and How to Proceed    Since 2005, impressive numbers of strategy instructors at business schools worldwide have transitioned from a purely text-cases course structure to what we contend is a more robust and energizing text-cases-simulation course structure. Incorporating a competition-based strategy simulation has the strong appeal of providing class members with an immediate and engaging hands-on opportunity to apply the concepts and analytical tools covered in the chapters and personally assume responsibility for crafting and executing a strategy for a virtual company they have been assigned to manage . Two of the world ’ s most widely-used and pedagogically effective online strategy simulations, The Business   Strategy Game and GLO-BUS  , are optional companions for this text.  The Business Strategy Game is the world ’ s most popular strategy simulation, having been used by 2,800 different instructors for courses involving some 800,000 students at 1150+ university campuses in 72 countries.  GLO-BUS  , a newer and somewhat simpler strategy simulation introduced in 2004, has been used by 1,620+ different instructors for courses involving over 240,000 students at 715+ university campuses in 51 countries. Arthur A. Thompson, a senior author of this text, is a co-author of both The Business Strategy Game and GLO-  BUS and painstakingly designed both simulations to provide instructors with an appealing and proven means of:  Getting class members personally engaged in thinking strategically and applying the chapter content,  Giving students valuable practice in synthesizing a variety of decisions (relating to plant operations, workforce compensation, distribution, pricing and marketing, social responsibility/citizenship, and finance) into an overall strategy and competitive approach that produces good financial and strategic results. HOW THE STRATEGY SIMULATIONS WORK   In both The Business Strategy Game (BSG) and GLO-BUS,  1 to 5 class members are assigned to run a company that competes head-to-head against companies run by other class members.  In  BSG , team members run athletic footwear companies that produce and market both branded and private- label footwear in a global market arena with four distinct geographic regions  —  Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.  In GLO-BUS  , team members operate companies that design, assemble, and market professional quality action-capture video cameras and unmanned aerial view drones in a global market arena that also consists of four distinct geographic regions  —  Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In both simulations, each management team is called upon to craft a strategy for their company and make decisions relating to production capacity, plant operations, workforce compensation, pricing and marketing, social responsibility/citizenship, and finance. Company co-managers are held accountable for their decision-making. Each company  ’   s performance is scored on the basis of earnings per share, return on equity investment, stock price, credit rating, and image rating . Rankings of company performance, along with a wealth of industry and company statistics, are available to company co-managers after each decision round to use in making strategy adjustments and entering decisions for the next competitive round. You can be certain that the market environment, strategic issues, and operating challenges that company co-managers must contend with in running their simulation company are very tightly linked to the concepts, analytical tools, and strategy options they encounter in the text chapters. We suggest that you schedule 1 or 2 practice rounds and anywhere from 6 to 10 regular (scored) decision rounds (6 to 10 rounds are better than 3-5 rounds because requiring class members to run their companies for a greater number of decision rounds prompt them to consider the longer-term impact of their decisions and strategies rather than to focus on short-term decision-making and immediate outcomes/financial  results. Each decision round    represents a year of company operations and will entail roughly two hours of time for company co-managers to complete. Decision rounds can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or at whatever intervals instructors wish. Sample schedules for courses of varying length and numbers of class meetings are provided. When the instructor-specified deadline for a decision round arrives, the simulation server automatically accesses the saved decision entries of each company, determines the competitiveness and buyer appeal of each company ’ s  product offering relative to the offerings of rival companies, and then allocates sales and market shares, geographic region by geographic region, based on:  how each company  ’   s prices compare against the prices of rival brands,    how each company  ’   s product quality compares against the quality of rival brands,    how each company  ’   s product line breadth and selection compares to those of rival companies,    how each company  ’   s advertising effort compares to rivals’   advertising, and so on for a total of 11 competitive factors that determine a company  ’   s unit sales and market shares in the four geographic regions . The competitiveness and overall buyer appeal of each company ’ s product offering in comparison to the  product offerings of rival companies is all-decisive  —  this algorithmic feature is what make  BSG and GLO-BUS “competition -  based” strategy simulations. Once each company’ s sales and market shares are awarded based on the competitiveness of its respective overall product offering vis- à -vis rival companies, the various company and industry reports detailing the outcomes of the decision round are then generated. Company co-managers and course instructors can access the results of the decision round 15-20 minutes after the decision deadline. Rest assured that both simulations were meticulously designed to be instructor-friendly. Y ou’ll  be pleasantly surprised  —  and we think quite pleased  —  at how little time it takes to gear up for and to administer an automated online simulation like The Business Strategy Game or GLO-BUS.  This remainder of this section provides you with information about the two strategy simulations and offers suggestions for successfully using either  BSG or GLO-BUS in your course. Here is a quick reference guide to the contents of this section: Page   The Teaching/Learning Benefits of Using a Strategy Simulation in Your Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16   How Much Time Will It Take for You to Learn About and Conduct a Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . 18   A Birdseye View of The Business Strategy Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20   A Birdseye View of GLO-BUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25   Special Features and Extras of Both Strategy Simulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28   Which Simulation Makes the Most Sense for Your Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32   The 4-Step Course Setup Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35   How Do Class Members Register and Gain Full Access to the Simulation Website? . . . . . . . . . . 36   How Much Should a Simulation Exercise Count in the Total Course Grade?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37   How Company Performances Are Scored: A Balanced Scorecard Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38   Concluding Comment on How Company Performances are Scored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39   What to Do If You Opt to Use Either of the Companion Simulations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40    THE TEACHING/LEARNING BENEFITS OF USING A  STRATEGY SIMULATION IN YOUR COURSE  There are three exceptionally important teaching/learning benefits associated with using a competition-based simulation in strategy courses taken by seniors and MBA students: 1. The three-pronged text-case-simulation course delivery model delivers significantly more teaching- learning power than the traditional text-case delivery model. Having class members run a company in head-to-head competition against companies managed by other class members provides a truly powerful learning experience that engages students in the subject matter of the course and helps achieve course learning objectives. This added learning power of a strategy simulation stems from three things: ã   Using both case analysis and a competition-based strategy simulation to drive home the lessons that class members are expected to learn is far more pedagogically powerful and lasting than relying solely on case analysis alone. Both cases and strategy simulations drill students in thinking strategically and applying what they read in your text, thus helping them connect theory with practice and gradually  building better business judgment. What cases do that a simulation cannot is give class members  broad exposure to a variety of companies and industry situations and insight into the kinds of strategy- related problems real-world managers face. But what a competition-based strategy simulation does far better than case analysis is thrust class members squarely into an active, hands-on managerial role where they are totally responsible for assessing market conditions, determining how to respond to the actions of competitors, forging a long-term direction and strategy for their company, and making all kinds of operating decisions. Because company co-managers are held fully accountable for their decisions and their company ’ s performance, they are strongly motivated to dig deeply into company operations, probe for ways to be more cost-efficient and competitive, and ferret out strategic moves and decisions calculated to boost company performance.  Such diligent and purposeful actions on the part of company co-managers translate into a productive learning experience with strong retention of the lessons learned and higher achievement of course learning objectives.   ã  The achievement of course learning objectives is further enhanced because of the extremely tight connection between the issues and decisions that company managers face in running their  BSG or GLO-BUS company and the concepts, analytical tools, and strategy options they encounter in the 12 chapters of the 5 th edition. Having class members use an interactive “learn -by- doing”   tool to apply and experiment with the chapter content, while at the same time honing their business and decision-making skills, generates solid learning results. ã  Since it doesn ’ t take long for a spirited rivalry to emerge among the management teams of competing companies and for co-managers to become emotionally invested in figuring out what strategic moves to make to out-compete rivals, class members become more receptive to reading the text chapters, listening to your lectures, and wrestling with assigned cases  —   partly in the hope they will come across ideas and approaches that will help their company outperform rivals and partly because they begin to see the practical relevance of the subject matter and the value of taking the course. To provide you with quantitative evidence of the boost in learning power and achievement of course ob-  jectives that occurs with using The Business Strategy Game or GLO-BUS   , there is a built-in Learning  Assurance Report showing how well each class member performs on 9 skills/learning measures versus tens of thousands of students worldwide that have completed the simulation in the past 12 months.   2. The competitive nature of a strategy simulation arouses positive energy and steps up the whole tempo of the course by a notch or two.   ã  The healthy rivalry that emerges among the management teams of competing companies stirs competitive  juices and spurs class members to fully exercise their strategic wits, analytical skills, and decision- making prowess  —  much more so than occurs with case assignments. Nothing energizes a class quicker 
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