TESC BUS421 MODULE 1 CASE STUDY 1

| June 14, 2016

Question
Case 2: “Costco Wholesale in 2010: Vision, Business Model, and Strategy”, by Arthur A. Thompson, pages C-6 – C-25.

Read the case and then respond to the case questions given below. (See “.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0072969431/362614/guide_to_case_analysis.pdf”>A Guide to Case Analysis” for further guidance on written case analysis.)

In addition to using the Costco Wholesale case study provided in the textbook, research the company further to find any relevant events that have transpired since the writing of the case study. Use the company’s Web site, Internet search engines such as Google, online data services, or other sources to locate the latest articles about the company including press releases and current financial information. Be sure to cite all sources according to.apastyle.org/”>APA guidelines (see also .tesc.edu/tescdocs/Web_Courses/BUS-421-OL/documentation_2009.htm”>Documentation Rules and Citation Styles).

Note: For assistance with analyzing the financial data in this case, Table 4-1 on pages 83-86 of your textbook is a useful reference.

Please limit your analysis to four pages, double-spaced.

Case Questions:

Does the company’s strategy reflect the company’s mission? Explain.
What is Costco Wholesale’s business model?
Analyzing the financial results in Exhibits 1 and 4, give an assessment of how well the company is executing its strategy. How has the company’s stock price performed over the past four quarters?
How well does the company link its mission and strategy with its philosophy and values?
[LO 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6]

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