# Internal-External (Ie) Matrix

Topics: Strategic management, Euclidean geometry, Analytic geometry Pages: 2 (579 words) Published: May 22, 2013
Internal-External (IE) matrix
The Internal-External (IE) matrix is another strategic management tool used to analyze working conditions and strategic position of a business. The Internal External Matrix or short IE matrix is based on an analysis of internal and external business factors which are combined into one suggestive model. The IE matrix is a continuation of the EFE matrix and IFE matrix models. Internal-External IE matrix work?

The IE matrix belongs to the group of strategic portfolio management tools. In a similar manner like the BCG matrix, the IE matrix positions an organization into a nine cell matrix. The IE matrix is based on the following two criteria:

1. Score from the EFE matrix -- this score is plotted on the y-axis 2. Score from the IFE matrix -- plotted on the x-axis
The IE matrix works in a way that you plot the total weighted score from the EFE matrix on the y axis and draw a horizontal line across the plane. Then you take the score calculated in the IFE matrix, plot it on the x axis, and draw a vertical line across the plane. The point where your horizontal line meets your vertical line is the determinant of your strategy. This point shows the strategy that your company should follow. On the x axis of the IE Matrix, an IFE total weighted score of 1.0 to 1.99 represents a weak internal position. A score of 2.0 to 2.99 is considered average. A score of 3.0 to 4.0 is strong. On the y axis, an EFE total weighted score of 1.0 to 1.99 is considered low. A score of 2.0 to 2.99 is medium. A score of 3.0 to 4.0 is high. What does the IE matrix tell me?

Your horizontal and vertical lines meet in one of the nine cells in the IE matrix. You should follow a strategy depending on in which cell those lines intersect. The IE matrix can be divided into three major regions that have different strategy implications. Cells  I, II, and III suggest the grow and build strategy. This means intensive and aggressive tactical strategies. Your strategies...