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chapter five

forces

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Forces

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When you can manage the internal matter well, you can be rest
assured with fighting with your enemy (external)

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How to manage the troops especially during the ancient time?
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To manage a large force is similar to managing a small force
It is a matter of organization and structure

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Flat Structures enable small companies to make quicker decisions,
They are growing rapidly with new products and need this flexibility

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As a small organization grows,
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All members of the organization understand what their
responsibilities are, and know to whom they are accountable
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Each person has a job description that outlines duties, and each
job occupies its own position on the company organization chart
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Organizational structure fosters teamwork,
Where everyone in the department works toward a common goal

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Departments can work more like well-oiled machines, focusing
time and energy on productive tasks

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Smaller organizations and businesses benefit when individual team
members cooperate with each other,
setting and reaching unit and individual goals

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Through teamwork you can solve a lot of difficulties,
which you cant overcome by you individually,
and can achieve more than individual efforts

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Empowerment is the process of giving greater responsibility to
everyone that works for an organization,
It literally means giving power to make decisions

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To direct and control a large force is similar to directing and


controlling a small force.
It is a matter of formations, communication and signal

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In ancient time they used flag or banner and drums to deliver their
instructions and signal

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Without good business communication, the internal and external
structure of a business can face numerous challenges that
can ultimately lead to its demise
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No company can succeed long-term if its workers do not
communicate with one another
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Internet has allowed geographically dispersed teams to virtually
meet from anywhere in the world

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Technology has allowed for collaboration beyond geographical borders,
technology has also reduced the barriers to
entering markets around the world
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Social Media is quickly becoming a preferred way of increasing
knowledge sharing, encouraging teamwork and collaboration and
adding value to the employee experience
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Everyone can participate in discussions, allowing communication to
flow from the top down, bottom up and even from side to side

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When consumers could Feel It, Use It, Experiences It, then they will
share their experiences in social media

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It will enlighten you on how to attack and change the consequences
in the end of battle

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In battle, use the Direct Force to engage the enemy,
and the Indirect Force to win
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In the fighting process,
There are only two methods, direct and indirect strategies
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You need to well be prepared before you start to fight such as
manpower, resources, skills, knowledge and etc
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If you want to win towards your enemy,
then you need to use indirect forces

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Use the tactics or strategies that your competitors cant think of
In business, we called this indirect force as differentiation
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What is the meaning of differentiation?
How it can be applied in todays business environment and
assimilated into successful cases in the market
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Providing buyers with something that is different or unique, that
makes the companys product or service distinct from its rivals

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Differentiation builds competitive advantage by making customers
more loyal-and less price-sensitive-to a given firms product

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The product may incorporate a more innovative design, may be
produced using advanced materials or quality processes, or may be
sold and serviced in some special way
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Firms that practice differentiation seek to design and produce highly
distinctive or unique product or service, attributes that create high
value for their customers
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Firms pursuing differentiation,
must still control expenses to balance somewhat higher costs
with a distinctive edge in key activities
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By keeping costs low in areas, not related to differentiation and by
not spending too much to achieve differentiation

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Differentiation is not an end in itself
Companies must continue to search for new ways to improve the
distinctiveness or uniqueness of their products or services

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Differentiation Strategy
(1) Lowering the Buyers Cost of using the product
(2) Increasing Buyer Satisfaction with the product
(3) Modifying the Buyers Perception of value

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Starbucks Coffee has grown at an annual rate exceeding
30 percent over the past decade as it rolls out its distinctive and
specialized blends of coffee through United States
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Starbucks has begun to roll out an increasing number of different
types of beverages that, capture and retain its premium image

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Firms practicing differentiation to invest in production processes that
use specially designed equipment that makes it hard for rivals to
imitate the products quality

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The person adept at warfare is able to use indirect approaches, strategies and
troops in such infinite ways like the ever-changing forces and elements of
nature and the ceaseless flowing water of rivers and streams.

They end and begin again like the ever-changing roles of the sun and moon

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Through their business model of innovation and design, they have
branded their company as the forerunner in marketing, service and sales

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This ecosystem provides users with the ability to share their music
files from their iPod to their iPhone to their PC or Apple TV
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With constant release of new, advanced offerings, Apple has
maintained their position as the leader of the technology market

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There have been several bad Apples in the line of Apple products:
MobileMe, and Ping
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The company shows little resistance to pulling these failures from the
market, but doesnt hesitate to find better use for their technology

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The direct and indirect (approaches and forces) mutually support and
reinforce each other. Their interactions and combinations are like two never-
ending interlocking rings where the possibilities of their beginnings and
endings can never be determined
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The person adept at warfare seeks victory from the battle situations and
conditions and does not rely solely on the efforts of his officers and men.

As such, he is able to select the right men (officers and soldiers) and trust
them to exploit the battle situations and conditions
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On 2011, Sony announced that it would acquire Ericsson's stake in
Sony Ericsson for $1.47 billion, making the mobile handset business a
wholly owned subsidiary of Sony

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The transactions completion occurred in 2012
From that point, Sony Ericsson would be known simply as
Sony Mobile Communications
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This acquisition was intended to increase Sonys management
freedom for the mobile phone unit
to speed up development of new products.
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First smartphone had water resistance and dust resistance functions

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The characteristics of logs and boulders are such that
when they are on level ground, they remain still;
when they are on uneven and sloping terrain, they move

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