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This course will cover strategies from tangible resources to intangible strategies business employ to be successful. (1) Resource-based strategy (2) Move fast or get passed (3) e-commerce (4) Changing the rules
Resource based Strategy
How could we use a variety of resources within a business to create a virtual fortress to prevent other firms from copying our innovations. Using a combination of case examples and lectures, we will examine the role of economies of scale, network externalities, access to customers, access to raw materials or other resources and unique knowledge to create competitive barriers.
Move Fast or Get Passed
Small firms that lack resources of giants can create barriers by being faster and more flexible. Some large firms (i.e. Google & Amazon) also seek to use rapid innovation and change to create sustainable barriers to being copied.
Strategy for online global business is different from that of traditional businesses. The combination of overlapping and conflicting regulations and laws and inability to enforce laws against small companies (e.g. mice) makes the world of e-commerce especially challenging for large global enterprises (e.g. elephants). Assumptions about contracts and commitments may also be invalid in some global e-commerce contexts.
Changing the rules
An important opportunity for companies to maximize shareholder value and gain competitive advantage is creative pricing. By thinking differently about price vs cost/value, some firms have been able to dramatically increase revenues and profitability for products with strong market acceptance. Changing the rules can also apply to strategic acquisitions or industry restructuring through innovation to create competitive advantage and barriers to copying innovations.