Please note that this assignment is unique in that your written communication skills will be assessed. This assignment also includes a specialized rubric focused specifically on written communication.
After reviewing the book section, presentation materials, and additional readings you will be asked to compose an argumentative essay where you will argue for or against the thesis identified below regarding the implementation process of a strategic management plan. Here is the thesis statement you are expected to support or refute using well-reasoned arguments:
The successful implementation of the strategic management plan in a large corporation like Dish is highly reliant on measurement and evaluation efforts during and after the implementation phase.
In responding to this assignment you should continue your review of the information available on Dish. Identifying strategies over the past couple of years that did not work out so well versus strategies that succeeded might be helpful in supporting key arguments. Some questions to ask yourself in formulating your arguments might include: What barriers might have gotten in the way of any less successful strategies? And what type of strategic evaluation efforts do you think are necessary to keep an eye on progress in a large company like Dish? How does measurement of implementation processes help assure success? How does the evaluation process help to assure future success?
In this assignment, make sure you clearly identify the position you are taking with respect to the thesis. Your essay should include an introduction, and well developed arguments in support of your position. You should wrap up your essay with a conclusion.
Your case assignment should be a minimum of 5 pages in length.
You are required to use APA formatting and you are required to cite and reference your sources. There should be a minimum of three reputable sources cited and referenced in your paper but more is preferred.
Please make sure you review the assignment rubric prior to writing your assignment. Keep in mind that this rubric is a different rubric from what you are used to as it focuses on the assessment of your writing skills.
Once the strategic plan has been made the next step, of course, is to implement the plan. If you have experience in an organization, of course, you most likely realize that implementation is often one of the most difficult hurdles of any plan, especially if it involves change. And in a dynamic, competitive environment the outcome of the strategic planning process will almost always involve some drastic changes over a period of years.
Such change could involve organizational structural changes, functional changes, incorporating other businesses into the existing organization, and will likely involve a great deal of politics at higher levels. Also consider that there is a tendency for individuals to want to resist change and consideration of the organizational culture and shifts in that culture will have to be considered. In short, change does not come easy.
The last phase of the strategic management cycle is the evaluation phase. In implementing the strategic management plan from year to year it is important to make sure that the implementation process is controlled and measured.
There are a lot of tools available for organizations to help them out in this phase as the implementation phase must be managed, measured and strategic implementation process itself must be controlled to assure successful outcomes are realized.
With all this said, measurement and control can be difficult to do when one is trying to measure and control an overall strategy or direction. It is subsequently important to establish strategic and operational metrics and standards in order to gauge success. In this module we’ll be considering the importance of the strategic management evaluation process and why it is important.
In this module we will be considering the implementation phase of the strategic management cycle and some of the difficulties faced by organizational leaders in their attempts to move forward with their strategic plans.
Module 4 – Background
Strategy Implementation & Evaluation
Here is an e-text reading assignment that provides a good overview of the materials presented in this module:
Subba, R. (2009). Strategic Management [Including Skill Development]. Himalaya Publishing House. Retrieved as e-book from Trident University’s online library. Pp. 117 – 151
Please open the Trident University IBIS World document and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the “Click Here” hyperlink at the bottom of the page. This will take you to IBIS World, an organization well known for conducting industry level research. Run a search on “Cable” in the search window. You will then see a list of links that will lead you to detailed industry specific report. Please click on Cable Providers in the U.S.
Also take some time to look at what’s going on in related industries.
Here are some useful readings on strategy implementation that should also help with this module:
Salih, A., & Doll, Y. (2013). A middle management perspective on strategy implementation. International Journal of Business and Management, 8(22), 32-39. Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Markiewicz, P. (2011). Change management in the strategy implementation process. Intelektine Ekonomika, (2) Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Aldehayyat, J. S., & Anchor, J. R. (2010). Strategic planning implementation and creation of value in the firm. Strategic Change, 19(3/4), 163-176. Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Kohl, J. (2006). Mental Models That Block Strategic Plan Implementation. Reflections, 7(1), 30-42. Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Here are some background readings on the issue of performance measurement as it applies to strategy implementation:
Albanesius, C. (2014). Verizon tips a la carte internet TV service in 2015. PCmag.Com, Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Nakashima, R. (2014, Mar 10). Dish, disney deal envisions internet TV offer similar to netflix. Telegraph-Journal Retrieved from Trident University International library.
CHOI, J., HECHT, G. W., & TAYLER, W. B. (2013). Strategy Selection, Surrogation, and Strategic Performance Measurement Systems. Journal Of Accounting Research, 51(1), 105-133. Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Micheli,P., Manzoni, J.F., (2010). Strategic Performance Measurement: Benefits, Limitations and Paradoxes. Long Range Planning. 43(4), 465-476. Retrieved from Trident University International library.
Mitchell, F., Nielsen, L. B., Nørreklit, H., & Nørreklit, L. (2013). Scoring strategic performance: A pragmatic constructivist approach to strategic performance measurement. Journal of Management & Governance, 17(1), 5-34. Retrieved from Trident University International library.
You may also refer to the readings in Module 1 that provide background on the competitive environment faced by Comcast.