Lockheed Martin is an organization that heavily relies on its defense contracts in order to generate revenue. In 2005, 95% of Lockheed Martin’s revenue came from the US Department of Defense, other US Federal government agencies and foreign military customers (Defense News, 2007). Lockheed Martin earns this revenue by winning government contracts. As previously noted, Lockheed Martin has a large customer base with the US Department of Defense. The company is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the government (Lockheed Martin, 2008). Other customers that provide revenue for Lockheed Martin are international governments and some commercial sales of products and services (Lockheed Martin, 2008).
The broad business areas covered by Lockheed Martin are Aeronautics, including tactical aircraft, airlift, and aeronautical research and development, Space Systems, including space launch, commercial satellites, government satellites and strategic missiles, and Systems and IT Group, including missiles and fire control, naval systems, platform integration, C4I, federal services, energy programs, government and commercial IT and aeronautical/aerospace services. In 2007, these areas brought in sales, $12.3 billion, $8.2 billion, and $21.4 billion, respectively (Lockheed Martin, 2008).
This organization belongs to the oligopoly market structure. The oligopoly market structure involves a few sellers of a standardized or differentiated product, a homogenous oligopoly or a differentiated oligopoly (McConnell, 2004, p. 467). In an oligopolistic market each firm is affected by the decisions of the other firms in the industry in determining their price and output (McConnell, 2005, P.413). Another factor of an oligopolistic market is the conditions of entry. In an oligopoly, there are significant barriers to entry into the market. These barriers exist because in these industries, three or four firms may have sufficient sales to achieve economies of scale, making the smaller firms would not be able to survive against the larger companies that control the industry (McConnell, 2005, p. 467). Key Macroeconomic Variables
There are many macroeconomic variables that affect every industry. The four key macroeconomic variables are the aggregate output or income, the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, and the interest rate. By taking a closer look at these variables, it will further explain how they affect the industry. Aggregate Output or Income
The aggregate output or income is the most important variable because it summarizes the overall economic activity (Sahu, 2008). The aggregate output concept is known as the gross domestic product, the GDP. The aggregate demand shows the quantity of demanded goods and services in an economy at the valued market prices. The aggregate income/output measures are uoted in both current prices, nominal terms, and also in constant dollars, real terms. The real terms adjust to take inflation into account and re most widely used, because they are not subject to distortions due to change in prices (Sahu, 2008). Unemployment
Unemployment is the next most important key macroeconomic variable. When discussing unemployment, the term used in the US economy is the unemployment rate....