Inner City

Topics: Management, Strategic management, Economics Pages: 3 (317 words) Published: November 11, 2009

Inner-City Paint Corporation

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


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


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)


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


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

• Quality • Fast service


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

• Supplies paint to contractors within 24 hours


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


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


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


Borrow money to pay current bills.


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