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Case Study — Safaricom

Read the case study attached and report in a Microsoft Word document concerning the following situation:

The Safaricom case provides an excellent opportunity to apply strategic management concepts to a constantly growing and extremely competitive organization. Safaricom is the largest mobile service provider in Kenya. It offers not only means of mobile communication but also is involved within the community. Also, Safaricom sponsors athletic events such as Safaricom Sevens and a music festival, Niko na Safaricom Live.

The purpose of this case study is to examine the factors that are crucial to Safaricom’s continued success and to propose strategic actions to sustain its competitive advantage. While Safaricom’s community involvement enhances its brand image, the mobile service sector of Safaricom is the largest and main focus. Safaricom was formed in 1997 and has grown to be the largest mobile service provider in Kenya by implementing different strategies, including acquisitions.

The analysis should start with a scan of the general, industry, and competitive environments. How does the external environment in Kenya differ from anywhere else? The case also describes Safaricom’s competitive advantage, and the effectiveness of its strategies against industry rivals should be examined. Safaricom offers different services such as prepaid mobile, voice and data services, and its voice packages are bundled with other services such as rewards programs, music, and games. Finally, the pressing strategic concerns, the effectiveness of Safaricom’s leadership should also be considered to devise convincing recommendations.

This case is ideal for demonstrating the importance of the external environment, competitive rivalry, and strategic leadership. The following points are to guide a review and discussion of these important concepts.

Your report and overview should address the following key strategic issues:

1. Write a brief summary about the company (location, size, number of employees, products/services, industry, how many years in business)

2. SWOT Analysis

A. List and explain the “barriers” and “opportunities” in the external environment (general and industry environments)

B. List and explain the strengths and weaknesses of the company

3. What is the competitive advantage of the company?

4. How does the national culture play a role in the company’s strategy?

5. What are the main strategies the company pursues? Explain.

6. Discuss what types of entrepreneurial pursuits, innovation, and strategic attempts the company applies to minimize threats and explore opportunities.

All papers should be written in WORD in Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font with one-inch margins, double-spaced. Remember if you are using direct quotes, you must use quotation marks and cite the page number as well as the author & text. If the quote is longer than 3 lines, don’t use the quote marks, but indent it on both sides and single space the quote, and then cite the page number, etc. Ideas and theoretical concepts should be attributed to their originator and cited by author and text. Follow APA format for cites and references. This is a min 10 pages assignment.