For example, should Walmart try to mitigate the negative impact its arrival in communities can have on small locally owned stores? Should Apple be concerned about the working conditions at Foxconn (the company that manufactures the iPhone and the iPad in China)? Why or why not? Explain.

ean Baudrillard was famous for postulating that our contemporary society is

“hyperreal,” that signs and symbols (like words) do not refer to real referents

(signified things) anymore, but to other signs and symbols. (Think about how “lol”

refers to “laughing out-loud,” so one sign, “lol”, equals another, “laughing out-loud,”

even though you may not actually be laughing out-loud. Similarly, think about brands and the pervasiveness of proper names like “McDonald’s” in our society.) Discuss this in at least three texts.

the texts are from Borges, Atwood, and Le Guin, which are attached.

Rothaermel 12 Exercise Questions

Rothaermel 12 Exercise Questions

1.1 Consider the brief description of Target’s stakeholder relationships and combine that information with your experience shopping in a Target store. How might Target’s stakeholders, in particular its employees, customers, local communities, and suppliers, influence the manager’s decisions about building competitive advantage in the analysis stage of the AFI framework? How might Target gather information from its stakeholders to inspire a better customer experience in the formulation stage in order to differentiate? Or in order to lower costs? Brainstorm by jotting down as many ideas as you can think of about how key stakeholders may affect or be affected by the implementation stage.

1.2 Corporate leaders are responsible for setting the firm’s strategies to gain and sustain a competitive advantage. Should managers be concerned only about the company’s financial performance? What responsibility do company managers have for other consequences of their strategies? For example, should Walmart try to mitigate the negative impact its arrival in communities can have on small locally owned stores? Should Apple be concerned about the working conditions at Foxconn (the company that manufactures the iPhone and the iPad in China)? Why or why not? Explain.