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Week 3 Assignment

First, read the following case:

U.S. Tariffs on Tire Imports from China

Then, using some of the resources provided below, think as global managers in the same industry as you review the questions at the end of the case.

Finally, prepare a paper as an internal memorandum to the CEO which:

Provides an overview of the issue(s).
Explains the talking points raised from the questions.
Please note your reply must be comprehensive.

Include a proper title page and bibliography.
Write 4-5 double-spaced pages.
Follow the proper rules for APA guidelines including but not limited to spelling and grammar.
Please note that the use of “wiki’s”, are unacceptable in academic work as are blogs and unauthorized websites. Included in this is the use of sites such as All reference works must be scholarly, therefore, it is suggested to use the available links in the electronic library to aid your efforts.

Remember to use the assessment sheet to ensure your paper adheres to all grading and APA guidelines.

Suggested Resources
Tarun Khanna and Krishna G. Palepu, “Emerging Giants: Building World-Class Competitors in Developing Countries (Links to an external site.),” Harvard Business Review, October 2006.
Antonie van Agtmael, “The Emerging Market Century: How a New Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World,” Free Press, 2007. Boston Consulting Group.
Nirmalya Kumar, “Strategies To Fight Low Cost Rivals (Links to an external site.),” Harvard Business Review, December 2006.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, “Transforming Giants (Links to an external site.),” Harvard Business Review, January 2008. A classic restatement of the factors that enable multinationals to stay agile.
Susan Berger, “How We Compete: What Companies Around The World Are Doing To Make It In Today’s Global Economy,” Doubleday, 2005.
Michael Porter, “How competitive forces shape strategy, (Links to an external site.)” Harvard Business Review, 1979, Volume 57, number 2, pages 137-145. The classic statement of the Five Forces framework. Still worth a read (and re-read).
Michael Porter, “What is strategy? (Links to an external site.)” Harvard Business Review, November-December 1996, pages 61-78. A defense of the Five Forces framework at a time when the “benchmarking” and “core competencies” were all the rage.
Michael Porter, “The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy (Links to an external site.),” Harvard Business Review, January 2008.



Strategic Plan, Part 2: Internal Environmental Analysis

Write a 1,400-word minimum internal environmental analysis in which you include the following:

  • Assess the organization’s internal environment.
  • Identify the most important strengths and weaknesses of your organization including an assessment of the organization’s resources.
  • Identify the most important internal environmental factors in the general, industry, and external analysis in relation to the internal analysis.
  • Perform competitor analysis.
  • Assess the structure of the organization and the influence this has on its performance.
  • Determine the organization’s competitive position and the possibilities this provides.

Format your paper according to APA guidelines.