The management at EZ-Pleeze, a food distribution company, has tasked you with collecting and analyzing the information needed to formulate the strategic planning process for the company and provide strategic recommendations to senior executives. Using the attached “EZ-Pleeze Case Study” to guide your response, you will write an essay that contains the information (based on the task prompts below) required to show you have a firm understanding of the necessary components for beginning the strategic planning process.
Your 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. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that 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.
Write an essay (suggested length of 3-5 pages) demonstrating an analysis of the organizational culture in the attached “EZ-Pleeze Food Company” case study and “C714 Task 1 Tip Sheet” document, providing justification for the reasoning behind the response contained in the following sections:
A. Describe the organizational culture of EZ-Pleeze.
- Discuss the appropriateness of the current mission statement for EZ-Pleeze.
- Discuss the appropriateness of the current vision statement for EZ-Pleeze.
Strategic Decision-Making Structure
B. Describe the structure of the strategic team at EZ-Pleeze.
C. Internal and External Influences.
- Discuss internal influences on the strategic decision-making process at EZ-Pleeze.
- Discuss external influences on the strategic decision-making process at EZ Pleeze.
Current Strategic Plan
D. Advantages and Disadvantages.
- Explain two advantages of the current strategic plan at EZ-Pleeze.
- Explain two disadvantages of the current strategic plan at EZ-Pleeze.
an education in these fields. (The Economist, 2006) The fear of offshore outsourcing is striking a chord with America’s future employees. Recently, the education system has seen shifts in college enrollment, as college students have begun to shun high-tech fields like computer science and even engineering. With the lack of stability in these fields students are concerned that their jobs could eventually be outsourced internationally and are therefore deciding to focus on their business skills. The war for talent is at its fiercest in high-tech industries which poses a threat to the future of the American technology industry and the overall economy. American companies may be forced to consider outsourcing not only to save costs, but due to lack of local talent. Studies have shown that the proportion of incoming undergraduates planning to major in computer science is now 70% below its peak in the early 1980s. (The Economist, 2006) High-tech, white collar jobs are being transferred to foreign countries which limit opportunities for highly educated Americans. The U.S focuses so much attention on higher education yet people cannot put their skills to use if their job is outsourced. “When manufacturing jobs started moving overseas in larger numbers, American workers were told by free trade ideologues not to worry, that the U.S. comparative advantage was in services—especially high-tech and other knowledge-based industries. Displaced workers were told to simply acquire better skills and more education in order to succeed in the changing American economy. Many workers did, but now they find that knowledge and talent can’t compete against the chase for higher profits and cheaper labor in the new global marketplace.” If Americans decide not to invest in their education, companies will mitigate their chances of sustaining a strong knowledge-base within the U.S. and induce the risk of international spillovers. (Dobbs, 2004) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics between 1979 -1999, Thirty-six percent of employees who lost their jobs to outsourcing found jobs that matched or increased their wages. Although Twenty-five percent of workers were able to find employment, their wages were thirty percent or more decrease in wages. ‘”These concerns are real and need to be addressed,” says Diana Farrell, the director of the McKinsey Global Institute. But she argues that rather than trying to stop offshoring–a practice that she argues increases wealth in the U.S. economy–“leaders should focus on its distribution and help workers who are disproportionately hit.”‘(Otterman, 2004) “The $50 billion-a-year offshore outsourcing business was growing at a 29 percent annual rate until the credit crisis hit last fall, Mr. Bourgeois said. But he now forecasts growth in 2009 to be about 10 percent.” And according to Forrester Researcher Inc offshore outsourcing will increase 17 percent annually from now through 2012. That is a possible 10 – 17 percent increase in the already high unemployment statistics. With the possibility of more companies looking at offshore outsourcing, the better chance the unemployment rate will stay around 9%, or even increase in the next few years (Lohr, 2009). Highly paid jobs are being moved to foreign countries at an increasing rate. 500,000 financial jobs and 200,000 engineering jobs are being relocated yearly overseas. That is approximately 54 million square feet of office space vacate. Approximately 8,500 manufacturing plants are being closed each year. These are American jobs that should be staying in America, who would ever have thought>GET ANSWER