Innovative and Strategic Thinking

QBM1 — QBM1 TASK 1: MARKET ENTRY OVERVIEWINNOVATIVE AND STRATEGIC THINKING — D081PRFA — QBM1TASK OVERVIEW SUBMISSIONS EVALUATION REPORTCOMPETENCIES3081.1.1 : The Impact of InnovationThe graduate identifies the impact of innovation in personal and professional settings.3081.1.2 : Techniques of Strategic ManagementThe graduate utilizes evidence-based techniques to make strategic decisions.3081.1.3 : Business Strategy and AnalysisThe graduate applies appropriate business practices to formulate recommendations that impact organizational effectiveness.INTRODUCTIONToday’s business environment is characterized by competitive intensity that requires innovative thinking and strategic decision-making competencies. As a business professional, it is essential that you apply the principles of design thinking and strategic decision-making to positively influence the effectiveness of a business in its markets. In this task, you will provide a market entry overview, using the following scenario.SCENARIOA U.S. fishing boat manufacturer is known throughout the United States for its innovative approach to product design, lean manufacturing, and responsive customer service since its start three years ago. The mission statement of the company is “We will provide the most innovative customer-driven design and growth in the industry.” The founders’ ideals for the company are described in the vision statement: “We will be the most sustainable company in the industry.” The company’s ethical statement that guides all conduct and decision-making is “We will make decisions that are sustainable for customers and the environment.”The company’s founders have created an organizational culture of innovation. They have provided incentives for employees’ creative ideas and created testing laboratories where customers use the products and provide design feedback. The founders have also invited innovators in other industries, such as gaming and information technology, to improve on the designs. The founders have cultivated a company culture in which employees and founders are considered equal partners. The company structure is decentralized, and all employees can access the founders at any time for collaboration, shared decision-making, or relationship building. All company decisions are evaluated by all employees to ensure that everyone is committed to the decisions.The company has identified an emerging global market opportunity in India for its products. Successful sales in India could represent a critical moment for the company if the company establishes strategic partnerships that will increase the likelihood of product success. The founders hope to capture profits and market share and expand into other parts of Asia within the first year of selling products in India.Research indicates market potential for the company’s sales in India because of the importance of the fishing industry in the country. Fishing and aquaculture are primary industries in the coastal regions of India. Economic zones have been established to support the over 14 million people who are an important part of the fishing industry. This industry makes up 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product and 7% of global fish exports (Hanko Hackberry Group, n.d.).The company’s goal of the market expansion into India is to be the first foldable fishing boat manufacturer reaching the country. An origami-inspired foldable fishing boat is the company’s most popular product. This boat comes designed as a plastic carrying case that unfolds into the water like an origami paper boat. This boat is suitable for uses in calm water, and the boat can be recycled. The product retails for U.S.$200.Traditional fishers use nonmechanized boats, which would be ideal for the foldable boat’s entry into the market. Laws and regulations surrounding the use of nonmechanized boats favor importing foldable boats, which would be easy for fishers to carry from home to the water. The business climate in India is open to new partnerships to improve the fishing experience for those who preserve the natural ecosystem with nonmotorized boats. The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) promotes the use of natural fishing equipment to reduce disruption to the fishing ecosystem in India (National Fisheries Development Board, n.d.).The U.S. boat manufacturer’s founders met with the NFDB to request an endorsement for their foldable boats because of the product’s sustainable design and net-zero environmental impact. The founders discovered that the NFDB would only endorse the boat if it was made of plastics used in India, in order to reduce the waste products in the nation’s landfills.This endeavor would require the U.S. company to make a significant investment in India. The company would need to purchase or build a manufacturing facility, or it would need to contract with a facility owner to secure a manufacturing location. It would need to employ Indian workers. Lastly, the company would have to manufacture a new foldable boat made from used plastics in India with an environmentally friendly waterproof coating.The new foldable boat could be designed in several ways, and the company would need to test a series of paper products and waterproof coatings to determine which would be suitable for fishers in India. The fishers range in age from 13 to 70, so the design would need to be comfortable and portable enough for all fishers in this target group.The company decides to hire Indian fishers to help design the product to reach this market. These fishers will provide qualitative, open-ended conversations and data that will be valuable in communicating the product’s features and benefits to other fishers. The product will be tested by a variety of fishers that represent different sectors of the fishing industry, different regions, and different cultural segments. Testing will provide generalizable, qualitative data about the product use and effectiveness.REQUIREMENTSYour submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. The originality report that is provided when you submit your task can be used as a guide.You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.A.  Discuss aspects of the company from the provided scenario by doing the following:1.  Describe in detail how each of the following aspects from the scenario affect the company’s decision-making process:•  company culture•  organizational structure•  strategic direction, including mission and vision statements2.  Describe in detail how the company’s culture could affect the market entry strategy.3.  Discuss in detail whether the organizational structure is an advantage or disadvantage to the company and explain why.B.  Discuss the company’s product from the provided scenario by doing the following:1.  Describe specific characteristics of the emerging market that affect the company’s product.2.  Discuss in detail how either a new product or an improvement to the company’s existing product would meet the market characteristics identified in part B1.a.  Include details of each of the steps the company would take in the design thinking process for the new or improved product from part B2.b.  Choose three of the following aspects from the scenario, and provide a detailed discussion of their effect on the design thinking process for the new or improved product from partB2:•  company culture•  emerging market culture•  company ethics•  emerging market ethics•  organizational structure•  global legal systems3.  Discuss in detail how the company’s ethical statement from the scenario influences the market entry strategy.C.  Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.D.  Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.File RestrictionsFile name may contain only letters, numbers, spaces, and these symbols: ! – _ . * ‘ ( )File size limit: 200 MBFile types allowed: doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, odt, pdf, txt, qt, mov, mpg, avi, mp3, wav, mp4, wma, flv, asf, mpeg, wmv, m4v, svg, tif, tiff, jpeg, jpg, gif, png, zip, rar,tar, 7zRUBRICA1:DECISION-MAKINGNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not describe how each of the given aspects affect the company’s decision-making process.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission describes how each of the given aspects affect the company’s decision-making process but is not supported by specific details from the scenario, or the submission contains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately describes how each of the given aspects affect the company’s decision-making process and is supported by specific details from the scenario.A2:COMPANY CULTURENOT EVIDENTThe submission does not describe how the company’s culture could affect the market entry strategy.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission describes how the company’s culture could affect the market entry strategy but is not supported by specific details, or the submission contains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately describes how the company’s culture could affect the market entry strategy and is supported by specific details.A3:ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURENOT EVIDENTThe submission does not discuss whether the organizational structure is an advantage or disadvantage to the company or explain why.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission discusses whether the organizational structure is an advantage or disadvantage to the company and explains why, but is not supported by specific details, or the submission contains inaccuracies.  COMPETENTThe submission accurately discusses whether the organizational structure is an advantage or disadvantage to the company and explains why, and the discussion is supported byspecific details.B1:EMERGING MARKET CHARACTERISTICSNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not describe characteristics of the emerging market that affect the company’s product.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission describes characteristics of the emerging market that affect the company’s product but the characteristics are not specific, or the submissioncontains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately describes specific characteristics of the emerging market that affect the company’s product.B2:PRODUCT MIXNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not discuss how either a new product or an improvement to the company’s existing product would meet the market characteristics identified in part B1.   APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission discusses how either a new product or an improvement to the company’s existing product would meet the market characteristics identified in partB1 but is not supported byspecific details, or the submission contains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately discusses how either a new product or an improvement to the company’s existing product would meet the market characteristics identified in part B1 and is supported by specific details.B2A:DESIGN THINKING PROCESS STEPSNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not include details of each of the steps the company would take in the design thinking process for the new or improved product from part B2.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission includes each of the steps the company would take in the design thinking process for the new or improved product from part B2 but does not include specific details for 1 or more steps, or the submission contains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission includes specific details for each of the steps the company would take in the design thinkingprocess for the new or improved product from part B2, and the details included are accurate.B2B:DESIGN THINKING PROCESS ASPECTSNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not include 3 given aspects or discuss of their effect on the design thinking process for the new or improved product from part B2.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission includes 3 given aspects and discusses their effect on the design thinking process for the new or improved product from part B2 but is not supported by specific details, or the submission contains inaccuracies.   COMPETENTThe submission includes 3 given aspects and accurately discusses their effect on the design thinking process for the new or improved product from part B2, and is supported by specific details.B3:ETHICAL STATEMENTNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not discuss how the company’s ethical statement influences the market entry strategy.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission discusses how the company’s ethicalstatement influences the market entry strategy but is not supported by specific details, or the submission contains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately discusses how the company’s ethical statement influences the market entry strategy and is supported by specific details.C:SOURCESNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not include both in-text citations and a reference list for sources that are quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission includes in-text citations for sources that are quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and a reference list; however, the citations or reference list is incomplete or inaccurate.    COMPETENTThe submission includes in-text citations for sources that are properly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and a reference list that accurately identifies the author, date, title, and source location as available.D:PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONNOT EVIDENTContent is unstructured, is disjointed, or contains pervasive errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar. Vocabulary or tone is unprofessional or distracts from the topic.    APPROACHINGCOMPETENCEContent is poorly organized, is difficult to follow, or contains errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar that cause confusion. Terminology is misused or ineffective.    COMPETENTContent reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate interpretation and understanding.QBM1 — QBM1 TASK 2: RISK ANALYSISINNOVATIVE AND STRATEGIC THINKING — D081PRFA — QBM1TASK OVERVIEW SUBMISSIONS EVALUATION REPORTCOMPETENCIESINTRODUCTIONSCENARIOREQUIREMENTSRUBRICREFERENCE LISTCOMPETENCIES3081.1.2 : Managing RiskThe graduate utilizes evidence-based techniques to make strategic decisions.3081.1.3 : Elements of Business StrategyThe graduate applies appropriate business practices to formulate recommendations that impact organizational effectiveness.INTRODUCTIONToday’s business environment requires competency in managing risk and in selecting a business strategy based on a company’s internal and external analyses. In this task, after reviewing the scenario, you will discuss the market entry risk/reward ratio; analyze the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT); and recommend a business strategy. As you complete the task, think about past projects you may have worked on that required evaluating risks and conducting risk analyses.SCENARIOA U.S. fishing boat manufacturer is known throughout the United States for its innovative approach to product design, lean manufacturing, and responsive customer service since its start three years ago. The mission statement of the company is “We will provide the most innovative customer-driven design and growth in the industry.” The founders’ ideals for the company are described in the vision statement: “We will be the most sustainable company in the industry.” The company’s ethical statement that guides all conduct and decision-making is “We will make decisions that are sustainable for customers and the environment.”The company’s founders have created an organizational culture of innovation. They have provided incentives for employees’ creative ideas and created testing laboratories where customers use the products and provide design feedback. The founders have also invited innovators in other industries, such as gaming and information technology, to improve on the designs. The founders have cultivated a company culture in which employees and founders are considered equal partners. The company structure is decentralized, and all employees can access the founders at any time for collaboration, shared decision-making, or relationship building. All company decisions are evaluated by all employees to ensure that everyone is committed to the decisions.The company has identified an emerging global market opportunity in India for its products. Successful sales in India could represent a critical moment for the company if the company establishes strategic partnerships that will increase the likelihood of product success. The founders hope to capture profits and market share and expand into other parts of Asia within the first year of selling products in India.Research indicates market potential for the company’s sales in India because of the importance of the fishing industry in the country. Fishing and aquaculture are primary industries in the coastal regions of India. Economic zones have been established to support the over 14 million people who are an important part of the fishing industry. This industry makes up 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product and 7% of global fish exports (Hanko Hackberry Group, n.d.).The company’s goal of the market expansion into India is to be the first foldable fishing boat manufacturer reaching the country. An origami-inspired foldable fishing boat is the company’s most popular product. This boat comes designed as a plastic carrying case that unfolds into the water like an origami paper boat. This boat is suitable for uses in calm water, and the boat can be recycled. The product retails for U.S.$200.Traditional fishers use nonmechanized boats, which would be ideal for the foldable boat’s entry into the market. Laws and regulations surrounding the use of nonmechanized boats favor importing foldable boats, which would be easy for fishers to carry from home to the water. The business climate in India is open to new partnerships to improve the fishing experience for those who preserve the natural ecosystem with nonmotorized boats. The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) promotes the use of natural fishing equipment to reduce disruption to the fishing ecosystem in India (National Fisheries Development Board, n.d.).The U.S. boat manufacturer’s founders met with the NFDB to request an endorsement for their foldable boats because of the product’s sustainable design and net-zero environmental impact. The founders discovered that the NFDB would only endorse the boat if it was made of plastics used in India, in order to reduce the waste products in the nation’s landfills.This endeavor would require the U.S. company to make a significant investment in India. The company would need to purchase or build a manufacturing facility, or it would need to contract with  facility owner to secure a manufacturing location. It would need to employ Indian workers. Lastly, the company would have to manufacture a new foldable boat made from used plastics in India with an environmentally friendly waterproof coating.The new foldable boat could be designed in several ways, and the company would need to test a series of paper products and waterproof coatings to determine which would be suitable for fishers in India. The fishers range in age from 13 to 70, so the design would need to be comfortable and portable enough for all fishers in this target groupThe company decides to hire Indian fishers to help design the product to reach this market. These fishers will provide qualitative, open-ended conversations and data that will be valuable in communicating the product’s features and benefits to other fishers. The product will be tested by a variety of fishers that represent different sectors of the fishing industry, different regions, and different cultural segments. Testing will provide generalizable, qualitative data about the product use and effectiveness.REQUIREMENTSYour submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. The originality report that is provided when you submit your task can be used as a guide.You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.A.  Reflect on at least two potential risks the company in the given scenario encounters in entering the new market, including a detailed description of the impact to the company.B.  Conduct a SWOT analysis of the company in the given scenario by doing the following:1.  Identify two internal strengths of the company.2.  Identify two internal weaknesses of the company.3.  Identify two external opportunities for the company.4.  Identify two external threats to the company.C.  Identify two strategic recommendations for the company in the given scenario that are based upon the SWOT analysis results in parts B1 through B4.1.  Justify a strategic recommendation from part C by explaining in detail the benefits of the recommendation to the company.D.  Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.E.  Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.File RestrictionsFile name may contain only letters, numbers, spaces, and these symbols: ! – _ . * ‘ ( )File size limit: 200 MBFile types allowed: doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, odt, pdf, txt, qt, mov, mpg, avi, mp3, wav, mp4, wma, flv, asf, mpeg, wmv, m4v, svg, tif, tiff, jpeg, jpg, gif, png, zip, rar, tar, 7zRUBRICA:MARKET ENTRY RISKS NOT EVIDENTThe submission does not reflect on potential risks the company encounters in entering the new market or does not include a detailed description of the impact to the company. APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission reflects on at least2 potential risks the company encounters in entering the new market and describes the impact to the company, but the submission is not supported by specific details.    COMPETENTThe submission reflects on at least2 potential risks the company encounters in entering the new market, describes the impact to thecompany. The submission is accurate and is supported by specific details.B1:SWOT ANALYSIS: STRENGTHSNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not identify 2 internal strengths of the company.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission identifies 2 internal strengths of the company, but 1 or both strengths are inaccurate.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately identifies 2 internal strengths of the company.B2:SWOT ANALYSIS: WEAKNESSESNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not identify 2 internal weaknesses of the company.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission identifies 2 internal weaknesses of the company, but 1 or both weaknesses are inaccurate.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately identifies 2 internal weaknesses of the company.B3:SWOT ANALYSIS: OPPORTUNITIESNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not identify 2 external opportunities for the company.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission identifies 2 external opportunities for the company, but 1 or both opportunities are inaccurate.    COMPETENT The submission accurately identifies 2 external opportunities for the company.B4:SWOT ANALYSIS: THREATSNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not identify 2 external threats to the company.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission identifies 2 external threats to the company, but 1 or both threats are inaccurate.    COMPETENTThe submission accurately identifies 2 external threats to the company.C:STRATEGIC RECOMMENDATIONSNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not identify 2 strategic recommendations that are based upon the SWOT analysis results in parts B1–B4.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission identifies 2 strategic recommendations, but 1 or both recommendations are not accurately based upon the SWOT analysis results in parts B1–B4.    COMPETENTThe submission identifies 2 strategic recommendations that are accurately based upon the SWOT analysis results in parts B1B4.C1:JUSTIFICATION OF A STRATEGYNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not justify a strategic recommendation from part C.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission justifies a strategic recommendation from part C by explaining the benefits of the recommendation to the company, but the submission is not supported by specific details, or thesubmission contains inaccuracies.    COMPETENTThe submission justifies a strategic recommendation from part C by explaining the benefits of the recommendation to the company. The submission is accurate and is supported by specific details.D:SOURCESNOT EVIDENTThe submission does not include both in-text citations and a reference list for sources that are quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEThe submission includes in-text citations for sources that are quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and a reference list; however, the citations or reference list is incomplete or inaccurate.   COMPETENTThe submission includes in-text citations for sources that are properly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and a reference list that accurately identifies the author, date, title, and source location as available.E:PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONNOT EVIDENTContent is unstructured, is disjointed, or contains pervasive errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar. Vocabulary or tone is unprofessional or distracts from the topic.    APPROACHING COMPETENCEContent is poorly organized, is difficult to follow, or contains errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar that cause confusion. Terminology is misused or ineffective.    COMPETENTContent reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate interpretation and understanding.

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