Management Consulting Portfolio Project - Dell, Isis, First Solar

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CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR FIRST SOLAR INC.3
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR DELL INC.4
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.5
VISION AND MISSION FOR DELL INC.6
JUSTIFICATION FOR NEW VISION AND MISSION:7
PESTEL ANALYSIS FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL PREPARATION INDUSTRY FOR ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.10
CRITICAL FACTORS AND TRENDS IN MACROENVIRONMENT:13
INDUSTRY COMPETITIVE FACTOR ANALYSIS FOR THE SEMICONDUCTOR AND RELATED DEVICES INDUSTRY FOR FIRST SOLAR INC.14
CRITICAL FACTORS AND TRENDS IN INDUSTRY ENVIRONMENT:16
COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS – ANSOFF MATRIX FOR ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS17
CRITICAL COMPETITIVE ISSUES FOR THE FIRM:18
COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS – STRATEGIC GROUP MAP FOR FIRST SOLAR INC.19
CRITICAL COMPETITIVE ISSUES FOR THE FIRM:20
RESOURCE BASED VIEW ANALYSIS FOR FIRST SOLAR INC.21
CRITICAL RESOURCES AND CAPABILITIES FOR THE FIRM:25
ANALYSIS OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (VRINE) FOR FIRST SOLAR INC.26
(*THIS SHOULD BE THE SAME COMPANY YOU USE FOR THE RESOURCE-BASED VIEW ANALYSIS ABOVE)26
ASSESSMENT OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE:27
FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF ISIS PHARMACUETICALS28
CRITICAL FINANCIAL ISSUES FOR THE FIRM:32
MAP OF COMPETENCIES FOR DELL INC.33
ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES:34
BALANCE THE POWER BETWEEN SHAREHOLDERS AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR DELL INC.35
ASSESSMENT OF BALANCE THE POWER BETWEEN SHAREHOLDERS AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:36
REFERENCES37

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR FIRST SOLAR INC.
First Solar was formed in 1999. First Solar provides a variety of photovoltaic solar energy solutions. The mission of the company is to “create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity.” The company is vertically integrated, and strives to improve all aspects of the solar value chain while simultaneously increasing economic value and decreasing risk for its customers. First Solar has grown to serve customers all over the world and is now the world’s leading manufacturer of thin film modules and has made many breakthroughs in the solar energy industry. Moreover, First Solar has gained industry-leading capabilities across the entire solar value chain to become the world’s leading provider of PV energy solutions. First Solar has developed the largest solar project pipeline in the world (currently nearly 3GW contracted worldwide), sold PV power plants to top power producers and every investor in the industry, developed the most advanced grid integration and plant control capability in the solar industry, and developed the industry’s most advanced O&M programs and world-class operations center. (First Solar, 2013) Our research for First Solar, Inc. included 5-forces analysis, a competitive analysis of their strategic group map, and a RBV/VRINE analysis. From the 5-forces analysis we concluded that rivalry and the threat of substitutes are the most important sectors in this industry. Rivalry is very high and market share is nearly equivalent between the top fifteen manufactures in the industry. This is not good in terms of earnings and growth potential for the firms in the industry. The main substitue concern is fossil fuels, which is more popular and easily obtainable at this point in time. Also, switching costs of moving from fossil fuels to solar energy is costly, especially in a world built around the use of fossil fuels. (Renewables Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, 2012) The second analysis we performed was putting together a strategic group map. From our research, we came to the conclusion that many solar companies compete on a global level and this can present an issue because a company doesn’t necessarily have a “home market” advantage, so we chose to utilize geographic breadth and vertical integration as our strategic dimensions. First Solar was doing very well in both categories, if they can continue to...
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