Strategy Development Samples and Templates

Strategy Development Samples and Templates

What is Strategy?

We have provided links below to strategy development samples and templates.  We believe it is  important to understand what “strategy” is and what it is not.   We define strategy is the “how” to reach the goal.  Others describe strategy  as, “decisions taken to gain corporate advantage.”

We find that most effective strategies are found within what Jim Collins calls the “sweet spot.”  In other words,  for an organization it is where an organization’s talents and passions merge with economic opportunities.

Michael Porter on Competitive Strategies

Michael Porter captured this in what is referred to as, “Porter’s Generic Competitive Strategies.” The premise is that business needs to compete in one or more of the following areas:

    • Low Cost Strategy: Walmart is an example of a low cost retailer. It constantly seeks to leverage all sources giving it a cost advantage over its competition.
    • Differentiation Strategy: Apple seeks to be unique in the technology space. Tablet P.C.s have been around for many years. However, Apple developed an extremely user-friendly, sleek, unique, re-invented version of a Tablet P.C., called the “iPad” and again took the market by a storm. Firms that are most successful with a “differentiation” strategy often have talented product development teams, access to breakthrough research, world-class sales teams, and a brand for high quality and innovation.
    • Focus Strategy: A focus strategy can include a focus on cost and differentiation, but most importantly it focuses on a market segment(s) that is less vulnerable to competition. Southwest is an example of a firm that has a focus strategy. Its niche is on short point-to-point flights and low cost. It doesn’t compete head-on with the big airline carriers that use the hub-and-spoke model to leverage the most flight opportunities overall.

Strategy Development Samples and Templates

Amazon has achieved significant success in one of the most competitive industries. Developing and implementing sound strategies is paramount in the retail industry. To see the model and tools they used visit these links:

  • How Amazon did its external analysis to help in developing strategies.
  • How Amazon did its internal analysis to help in developing strategies.
  • Amazon’s use of the SWOT and TOWS powerful tools to help in developing strategies.
  • Amazon’s use of the Ansoff Matrix Strategy Tool in developing strategies
  • To see Amazon’s strategic plan, click here.

    There are helpful tools that you can use to define your business strategy – Strategy Development Tools.