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Here are some hints for doing well on this case analysis: Question 1- First, you need identify the sources of cost advantage (i.e. economies of scale, competitor diseconomies, learning curve economies, technology independent of scale, differential access to low cost productive inputs, and/or policy choices) that Wal-Mart had in the U.S. Second, analyze each source of cost advantage that you identify using the VRIO framework (Were they valuable? If so, why?; Were they rare? If so why?; Were they costly to imitate? If so, why?; Was Wal-Mart organized correctly to capture the value creation potential of those sources of cost advantage? If so, why?) in order to identify the sources of competitive advantage that Wal-mart had in the U.S. Question 2- In question 2, you are going to do the same thing as in question 1, but in the context of China. What were Wal-Mart’s sources of cost advantage, if any? Were they valuable in China? Why or why not?; Were they rare? Why or why not?; Were they costly to imitate? Why or why not?; Was Wal-Mart organized correctly to capture the value creation potential of those sources of cost advantage? Why or why not? Question 3- In question 3, make a recommendation that addresses the problems of Value, rarity, imitability or organization that you identify in question 2. In order to turn this assignment in, you will need to upload a .word, or .pdf file containing your written responses to the Ice-Fili case analysis questions via the link provided. Also, keep in mind that you simply need to answer the case analysis questions, you don’t need to write me an essay, letter, novel, memo, etc. Feel free to copy and paste the case analysis questions into your case analysis document and then provide your written answers below each question.


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