The paper 'Strategic Management and StratSynth' is a great example of a Management Case Study. Strategic Management Humans experience different challenges and people/organizations come together to provide appropriate service and assistance. StratSynth is such an organization that aims to provide assistance and support to people facing numerous challenges including drought, war, and flooding challenges. The aim of the report is to discuss the role and activities that StratSynth can employ in sustaining the social objectives of humanity. Background to the Situation Melinda Gates and Priscilla Chan have continuously engaged in social corporate and non-profit based activities of supporting communities and societies with different challenges.
Gates and Chain aim to distribute knowledge and improving the conditions of developing countries through the introduction of different initiatives. During one of the forums, Gates and Chan were interested in technologies such as Pouncer Drone, the Spider Light Strike Vehicle, and the Rokontwo wheel drive motorcycle for rapid aid delivery. To address this objective of rapid aid delivery, the StratSynth organization was created. StratSynth is a non-profit organization tasked with enabling the acquisition, delivery, and operation of essential life support items.
Giving Pledge would fund StratSynth in acquiring and managing different technologies in accomplishing in rapid aid delivery. StratSynth should meet the current East African Drought Crisis and be able in the future to meet disease-stricken and flood requirements in addition to areas disadvantaged by decades of economic denial or warfare. It means that StratSynth has to bring together different technologies and frameworks in improving the socio-economic requirements of disadvantaged and distressed regions. A PESTEL analysis of StratSynth Operation Areas The following table summarizes the business environment in which StratSynth will operate; a general approach is taken because different countries are considered with different levels of developments whether in the legal or environment framework: Component Description Political Transitional political environment whereby governments continue to appreciate democracy resulting in political uncertainties (Brown and Osborne, 2012) Elections create major challenges because defeated leaders do not want to step down while impending elections creates more conflicts Effective implementation of the constitution is a challenge (Bryson and Alston 2011) Each individual especially leaders from major tribal cocoons jostle for political space Persistency impunity (Bryson, 2011) Fights for access to country’ s resources such as oil and other natural resources contributing to increased community conflicts Economic Demands are increasing while the resources are scare Huge financial resources are required to develop infrastructure while the resources are scare The region continues to discover natural resources such as oil, which s a positive component (Bryson and Alston 2011) Developments are seen in infrastructural development The war in Somalia and Islamic extremists/extremism affects the business environment and destabilizes the region Social Ethnicity and cultural diversity contributes to the increased polarization of the country Existence of conflict between conventional and traditional conflict resolution methods (Allison and Kaye, 2011) Gaps in training and development of human resource Terrorism and piracy cause fear to the people Some countries have higher expectancy rates; illiteracy levels are increasing while others such as South Sudan and Somalia are opposite The population is increasing (Bryson and Alston 2011) Cultural ties continue to influences any type of happenings Technology The region continues to embrace information communication technologies The region is not well developed in terms of different infrastructural requirements such as roads, communication, and service delivery The emergence of cybercrime affects the integrity of the operations (Nah and Saxton, 2013) Lack of resources to advance the social and economic requirements such as lack of forensic laboratories to address the evidence requirements Continuous agitation to formulate and implement infrastructural requirements (Allison and Kaye, 2011) Frequents wars, droughts and unreliable technological resources create more challenges Environment Rough terrain In some areas, the climatic conditions are not favorable Continuous awareness of the importance of the environment to the development of society and economy (Bryson and Alston 2011) Lack of aligning country-specific legislation with the international framework Legal Some legislations are outdated Lack of capacity to implement the formulated legislations Conflicts between traditional approaches to conflict resolution to modern approaches (Allison and Kaye, 2011) A Five Forces analysis of the likely competitors to StratSynth StratSynth would operate in a unique and demanding environment, and the following table presents a Five Forces analysis of the likely competitors to StratSynth: Force Analysis/Description The power of customers The customers are people requiring assistance and are numerous Determining the people to be assisted is a challenge meaning the company ma support people that other organizations are not supporting The power of suppliers The partners or subcontractors may contribute to the success or failure of the business (Allison and Kaye, 2011) The suppliers have a powerful position since they are required to provide the technologies and also to maintain the technologies An effective partnership is important, and the partnership is dependent on the mission of an organization meaning some engagement are demanding compared to others Since StratSynth operates in different regions, it has to deal with different suppliers because of host country regulations and standards The level of rivalry Most of the non-profit organizations are to alleviate suffering The rivalry is minimal in the provision of services and products The collaborative framework is important, and competitors can work together to alleviate the social problem (Bryson and Alston 2011) The potential of entry Large companies can enter the business but not small organizations The large volume of resources are required meaning it becomes a problem in sourcing for the resources Goodwill and support from governments and international bodies are integral and meeting country-specific regulations and legislations may become a challenge The threat of substitute products Government and other government-related institutions are required to addresses the problem Effectiveness of government means that the role of StratSynth is not required The potential of substitute product and services is minimal Business Level Resources The common types of resources that StratSynth depends on are human, intangible, and tangible.
The tangible resources include resources that can be identified and accounted for in financial statements and are physical in nature such as equipment cash and plants (Allison and Kaye, 2011). For example, the foodstuff and drones including the funds that StratSynth requires are tangible in nature. The intangible assets include the nonfinancial and nonphysical assets such as knowledge, market research findings, and brands, which are difficult to account that, are integral to the successes of StratSynth (Guo et al.
2011). The human asset focuses on the knowledge and skills that employees have. The employees ensure an organization operates effectively. The presences of resources and human resources are not enough because capacities and competencies are required (Grigoroudis, Orfanoudaki, and Zopounidis, 2012). The human resource should be able to use the physical resources appropriately. The individuals have to understand the different requirements and formulate implementable measures to address the shortcoming. For example, StratSynth should be able to turn the different resources to facilitate the needs and requirements of the people (desperate people).
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