Analysing the External Environment A. INTRODUCTION TO SESSIONtc A. INTRODUCTION TO UNIT For many companies in the UK and the United States the period 1950 to 1970 seems in retrospect to have been one of almost uninterrupted straight-line growth in a relatively stable environment. In such a situation managers look effective and perhaps they are effective if they do the same thing over and over again and appoint successors in their own image. Then in the 1970s a big change took place. Doing the same thing became almost a recipe for corporate disaster. The reason for this was simple. Instead of being routine and fairly predictable, the business environment had become increasingly volatile according to many managers the pace of change had accelerated (or so they thought). This process has continued into the 1990s, and at the same time many managers would claim that the complexity of the environment they face has also increased. This Session discusses the nature of the external environment and examines some of tools and frameworks used to assess the impact of external conditions upon the strategies of organisations. Your Objectives By the end of this session you should be able to Appreciate the nature of the external environment and its implications. Understand the process of environmental analysis as a critical element of strategic management. Apply some of the key tools and frameworks available to help evaluate the strategic implications of conditions and changes in the external environment. B. THE NATURE AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENTtc B. THE NATURE OF THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT What do we mean by the external environment Broadly, the external environment comprises those factors and trends outside the organisation that might have an influence upon an organisation and its future. Many external factors can have an effect upon an organisation - from changes in government legislation (e.g. the ending of Duty Free sales to travellers within Europe), to the entry of new competition into a market (e.g. the opening of a new supermarket near to an existing shopping centre). Some environmental changes might affect all or many organisations, whilst others may be limited to only one or two. The complexity of the external environment faced by different organisations is likely to vary greatly. A global corporation will face many influences, some changing from country to country, such as consumer legislation, whilst others like technological changes are intrinsically more international. In contrast, the influences faced by a village shop are likely to more limited in range and variety, such as the number of local customers and their buying habits, though perhaps no less critical to the future of the business. Arguably, it is a clich to say that in todays world even the pace of change is changing, but for most organisations the dynamic nature of their external environment is not invalidated by this statement, however hackneyed. For example, the emergence of the Internet is affecting organisations from large to small, and in the public sector as well as those in industry and commerce, with new developments quickly diffusing across the globe leading to changes in market structures and business practices. The Need to Monitor the External Environment Otherwise ably managed organisations are frequently taken by surprise by events what may seem to the observer to have been quite predictable. Managers are prone to describe their failures as due to bad luck and their successes as due to good management. These points illustrate both the importance of trying to undertake environmental analysis, but also suggest that such analysis is not entirely objective. If the process is viewed as a scientific experiment, then the analyst is also part of the experiment. Consequently, the results of the analysis are as much the product of expectations, prejudices, assumptions and typology as they are of objective circumstances. Despite
BEER INDUSTRY CASE STUDY
Beer industry is one of the oldest industries particular in EU as it is one of the biggest beer consumption markets. This industry has seen fluctuation of the demand and consumption of the beer over the last quarter of 20th century due to many factors. This analysis will look in to those factors by taking into account the case given and will analyze the general reasons, growth and effects of the industry keeping in mind the macro-environment and its main component…
The Case of Taybeh Brewing Company
1. Conduct a SWOT Analysis for Taybeh Brewing Company
Strengths are the internal characteristics of the company that give it an advantage over others in the industry. Such strengths are:
- Strategic market segmentation and implementation strategies. Taybeh focuses on sophisticated and educated beer drinkers.
-Diversified market segments: ensuring the lack of dependency on one particular market.
- The First Microbrewery in the Middle East…
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Table of Contents
History of the Company 3
Early Innovations 5
Product Description 6
History of the company
Back in the mid 1800’s a large number of German immigrants came to the United States. Many of them settled in the St. Louis area. Because of this, the industry of brewing beer started to blossom there. Because of these German immigrants, a new style of beer was introduced. That new style was called…
50% of production capacity, the company suffered a net loss in 1997 that continued into 1998. Redhook brewed only specialty beer, referred to as craft beer. Craft beer is a more flavorful, fuller bodied premium beer. follows traditional old world brewing methods. and uses high-quality materials. The company started as a microbrewery but grew continually and reached national status by the end of 1996. Shipman, one of Redhook's founders, had guided the company from a small…
in the US prior to the European arrival back in 1587. They made beer out of maize, birch sap and water. The first commercial brewery to open in the US was the Dutch West India Company of Lower Manhattan in 1632. They were founded in 1602. This company was a chartered company. They were known as the WIC of Dutch merchant.
Steam Beer was the first style of beer in the US. It was formed in the earth 19 century in San Francisco. Yuengling is one of the oldest operating brewing companies in the United…
sold E-Z Wider to Rizla, who operated in the tobacco industry. The sale of E-Z Wider was valued at $6.2 million.
Green Mountain was already in existence when it crossed paths with Robert Stiller, operating as a specialty coffee shop. While visiting a Vermont ski resort in 1981, Stiller had his first cup of Green Mountain coffee. Stiller enjoyed the cup so much, that he ended up buying the business for $200,000.
The tea and coffee industry had been experiencing steady, yet tepid growth since…
with giant competitors in an international context and how a coherent international strategy can be built whilst allowing for different local strategies. BGD is an example of a ﬁrm which has achieved a distinctive position in a highly competitive industry by focusing on importing Danish beer into selected markets, through a network of alliances. The case provides an opportunity to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s…
Heineken was founded in 1864 was The first beer that was introduced and exported to United States was henieken, way back in the early 1940s. It became an essential market for Heineken and gradually expanded into one of the world largest beer markets. Despite being one of the world largest breweries, Heineken does not have any brewery to produce beer in the United States. By late 1940s, Dr H.P Heineken, sent his son, Alfred and has brought in new marketing strategy and new technology…
Abratt and Kleyn (2012), it is the mechanism that conveys the
elements and builds the expectations of what the organisation will deliver for each
stakeholder group. Secondly, it is preferable to analyse various SME cases because they are
facing more competition and have more problems to solve; therefore, they are useful to
explore compared to large enterprises. Thus, one SME - Oranjeboom (Dutch beer company)
has been chosen to explore further (United Dutch Breweries, 2014). In order to identify issues…
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