Discussion 1: Case Analysis With Discussion: Strategic Option Analysis

Discussion 1: Case Analysis With Discussion: Strategic Option Analysis and Feasibility EvaluationThe Weather CompanyAs Wolfe (2011) notes in Chapters 11 and 12 of his book, strategy development, communication, and execution are real-time, ongoing processes. A strategy is never done, as everything both internal and external to the organization is in a constant flux and changerequiring the strategy, and the playbook for the future, to be modified and improved.A critical part of the strategy evolution process is to evaluate and check the assumptions and reasoning bases for strategies. Are the emerging strategies consistent with the Soulful Purpose of the organization; are they affordable; and can the appropriate skills, competencies, and capabilities be leveraged or acquired to make various parts of the strategy work? How will the competition respond, and is the organization ready for it?This week you explore the case of The Weather Company, which, in August 2013, presented their strategic plan that the senior leadership could help the company grow from $600 million in revenue to $1 billion or more by 2016. You will evaluate the proposed strategy, based on your cumulative knowledge from this course and your MBA program.To prepare for this Discussion:Review all required readings, including the Weekly Briefing, which provides additional guidance on how to complete the assignment.Review the case analysis. You may want to scan it multiple times.Identify and review all relevant readings from the MBA Capstone Program Bibliography.Note: The evaluation criteria below should be used to form your response: Do not, however, respond to these questions in a checklist format as your original response. Your response should be a single, persuasive narrative argument that is polished and could serve as the basis for a speech you might make to the board to either support or question the proposed strategy.Strategy Evaluation Elements: Strategy Evaluation: Clarity of the Strategy ?Does the strategy and associated initiatives have a name that evokes the strategy??Is it easy to communicate what the strategy is and why it can work??Is it likely that people inside the organization will understand and commit to the strategy?Strategy Evaluation: Consistency of Purpose (Context Level of Analysis) ?Based on your reading of the case, is The Weather Company’s proposed 2013 strategy consistent with its Soulful Purpose and its mission, vision, and values? How?By Day 3, post a polished and integrated analysis that answers this question: If you were on the board of directors at The Weather Company in 2013, would you approve the proposed strategy? Why or why not?Be specific, and be sure to support your response with evidence from the case, and use appropriate concepts from the course and MBA program to make the strongest case you can.