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Please read the case, and answer all the questions.
Amazon Case Study Questions
- Describe Amazon.com as of the end of the case (spring 2017). What kind of company is Amazon.com? What is Amazonâ€™s business model?
- Assess Amazonâ€™s resources and capabilities using the VRIO framework. Can Amazon gain and sustain a competitive advantage? Why or why not?
- What is Amazonâ€™s core competency?
- How is Amazon using its core competency in its diversification efforts? Amazon continues to spend billions on seemingly unrelated diversification efforts. Do you believe these efforts contribute to Amazon gaining and sustain a competitive advantage? Why or why not?
- Is AWS related to Amazonâ€™s core business? Why or why not? Some investors are pressuring Jeff Bezos to spin out AWS as a standalone company. Do you agree with this recommendation? Why or why not?
- Perform a SWOT analysis for Amazon.
- Which of its competitors does Bezos need to pay most attention to and why? How should he deal with its key competitors in terms of devising Amazonâ€™s business strategy?
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