1.Present a brief overview of market conditions, the competitive environment,and thestrengths and weaknesses of your organization relative to your competitors. You should draw on one of the methodologies you have studied in the program (such as Jack’s 5 Step Strategy Framework, SWOT, PESTEL,or Porter’s Five Forces) to guide you,but DO NOT present a full-blown market analysis to the Board.Your Board members will already possess significant knowledge of the market and the company, so use this overview to set the stage for the rest of your brief. Distill your overview down to 2 components.a.First,provide a general overview of market conditions, trends,and big issues.For example, you may begin with a line such as“As you know, we have experienced considerable challenges in this space over the last two years…”b.Then,summarize the competitive environment. Open with a sentence such as “Our biggest competitor ABC has made bold steps to develop X and has made significant gains in market share in Y.This has presented us with a number of challenges…”
2.Problem/Opportunity Statement Following your overview,identify the specific problem or opportunity that, if properly addressed, willhave a significant positive impact on the success of the organization. This will include your“testable hypothesis” forwhich you will gather and analyze data to validate in your next assignment.To accomplish this:
a.Define a clear problem or opportunity that addresses what is important to the organization in
599 –Assignment 1(1206)Page 2of 3JWI 599: Business Analytics and Capstone Assignment 1order to meaningfully improve its competitive strength.Note: It is expected that you will refine the problem/opportunity statement you drafted for your Week 2 Discussion Question,leveraging the feedback you received from your classmates and professor.
b.Identify key data and metrics you willstudy that are relevant to addressing the problem/opportunity.
c.Identify stakeholders who will be involved in addressing the problem/opportunity. At this stage,you do not need to name specific people, but you must identify functions, departments, geographical areas, etc.,that will be impacted.You must also explain the nature of the potential impact.d.Includerelevant information on previous experiences or findings related to this problem/opportunity. This information may be noted in an appendix if that is more appropriate for context and flow.
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