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Thursday, February 16, 2006

In the article “Notebooks replace desktops as price gap narrows” , Saifur Rahman talks about how notebooks are replacing desktops as the price gap between them is shrinking. That is beside how practical notebooks are. You can use then anywhere anytime, so whenever you feel like surfing the internet or working on a project , these notebooks makes your life much easier.

The question of value

Toshiba has been there in the market of notebooks before most of the other big brands and they have been always ahead of them. A main reason of that is that they efficiently use their recourses to face market threats and to get the best of its opportunities, for example Toshiba was the first brand to start using the Centrino technology when it first came out.

The question of rareness

Its obvious that what Toshiba are trying to do is a very rare technology, as a matter of fact it does not exist in any other brands as Rahman mentions in his article “Toshiba notebooks will soon come with TV tuners that will allow them to tune into any local TV station without an antenna”.

The question of imitability

I think this technology is so complicated that even Toshiba the founder of this technology are having a hard time before launching it, so I think its really hard to imitate such a technology which worth tens of million of dollars in developing and more than a year before launching.

The question of organization

Toshiba has been ahead for a very long time; however, with all this advancement and technology it took them a very long time to launch their new product, which I think means that they were unable to exploit the full competitive potential of its resources and capabilities.

So with applying the VRIO framework I think Toshiba is valuable, rare, difficult to imitate but not as much as organized it should be, given the resources it has which makes it lie under strength and distinctive competence category.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

In the article "Effect of Danish Boycott Patchy" Roger Harrison & Maha Akeel focus on how the anger of muslims toward the Draws of the prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) was translated into the boycotting of the Danish products. Its clear here that diplomatic issues between countries are becoming a main concern to many global and nationwide corporations. These corporations were highly damaged as they lost millions and millions of dollars as a reason of the boycott.

In his Article “not on the structural analysis of industries” porter states that “as the factors creating buyer power change with time or as a result of a company’s strategic decisions, naturally the power of buyers rises or falls. In the article here Saudi Dairy and Foodstuff Companies (SADAFCO) was trying to lower buyers’ power by stating that “its products have nothing to do with Denmark anymore, not even its raw material” and that “company’s nationality is Saudi 100 percent and that all its shareholders, partners and individuals including the founding investors, are citizens of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. The administration also assures that it does not import or sell any products from Denmark or Norway as all its products are produced in its factories in Jeddah and Dammam and the raw material used in its production lines are from local markets or Gulf or New Zealand” .This attempt by SADAFCO was important because its sales and stock price was continuing to drop; however they should have focused on the buyers that have the least power in order to influence the others as porters mentions in his article.

In addition with regard to “Strategic Resources” I think SADAFCO are using the Core competencies strategy because as Hamel mentions that we should ask our selves what do we know that is unique, valuable to customers and transferable to new opportunities? And that what SADAFCO used to give their customers information’s that could help them understand the nature of the company’s products.

Finally if we look into “customer Interface” as I see it SADAFCO has used Information and Insight to extract insights and give her customers correct information that they have mistakenly absorbed in the past.