Walmart case study strategic management

After reading the Way-Mart Case from our textbook, respond to the following prompts in one to four sentences:

Based on the information in the case (and as of the case’s date, 2013)

  • Does Walmart have a competitive advantage?
    • Temporary CA?
    • Sustainable CA?
    • What changes could be made to develop CA and/or create more sustainable CA?
  • Are there resources Walmart or its competitors control that are key to CA?
    • Financial, Physical, Human, and Organizational?
    • Temporary CA?
    • Sustainable CA (VRIO)?
  • How has Walmart’s history shaped its capabilities/resource bundles (Financial, Physical, Human, and Organizational)
    • How does Walmart’s internal environment drive its strategic and tactical decisions at the organizational and divisional levels (as highlighted in the case)?
  • Which of Walmart’s capabilities/resources are most important for effective international expansion?
    • What adjustments should Walmart make in altering/acquiring capabilities/resources for particular foreign markets (dependent on the differing strategy/tactics it should deploy in these markets)?

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