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Inner-City Paint Corporation

Analysis of Case 24 proposed by Laurène , Claire, Sanae, Victor, Daniel and Alberto

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What are the opportunities and threats facing Inner-City Paint?

Opportunities • Larger orders • More varieties in sold gallons

Threats • Compete with giants • Lost confidence of customers • Slowdown in overall the economy

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of Inner-City Paint?

Strength • Fast service • Quality • Lower prices

Weaknesses • Without managing and financial control • No inventory records • Inflexibility • Disorganized (Management did not grow with the size of the firm)

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What are the strategic factors facing Inner-City Paint?

• Only market of Chicago • Direct competitors in Chicago • Cash on delivery • Customers purchase by credit • Nonunion employees

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Does Inner-City Paint have any core competencies? If yes, what are they?

• Quality • Fast service

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Does Inner-City Paint have a distinctive competency? If yes, what is it?

• Supplies paint to contractors within 24 hours

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What is the role of strategic management in Inner-City Paint? What impact, if any, is this having on the company’s present performance? Customers = Untrusted

No delegation

Stanley Walsh

Financial difficulties

The only salesman

Employees = Unskilled Unspecified

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How would you (Mr. Walsh) fire your mother, Mrs. Walsh, the office manager? • Have a meeting with her to explain the situation of the firm • Explain her that her job is not very necessary for the company • Minimize the situation and talk with her about the compensations she will have • Explain her that it’s not against her but he has no choice if he wants to maintain his firm afloat

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How should Mr. Walsh deal with the negative rumors about his company? Publication of an article in a magazine Organisation

Rumors

Borrow money to pay current bills.

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What type of documentation should Mr. Walsh prepare...
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