CSR Case Study – Seventh Generation and DB WK 6

We’re using our case study this week for both the Discussion Board AND the homework assignment – so everything this week revolves around the Seventh Generation case study.

CSR Case Study

What you need for this assignment: (attached)

Case- Seventh Generation

Bus 4060 Q-Swot 2022

Case study guidelines

Deliverables:  Turn in your completed Q-SWOT spreadsheet and 2-3 pages summarizing the analysis and your strategy.  Be sure to follow the Case Study Guidelines.

Instructions:  This week our goal is to become familiar with the Q-SWOT spreadsheet, and we’re using the Seventh Generation Case Study to do that.  We are talking about this case in the discussion board this week, and we are sharing our spreadsheets there.  Here you are turning in a more complete and edited version of your spreadsheet.  In essence, the discussion board is practice, and this assignment is where I’ll grade the quality of your work using the spreadsheet.

Please note that this case does not include any financial information, so we are using all of the tabs in the spreadsheet up to and including the Strategy Summary Tab.  We will not use the Financial Analysis, Pro-Forma Income Statement or Pro-Forma Balance Sheet tabs this week (we will use these starting next week).

Your goal is to complete a strategic analysis of Seventh Generation, brainstorm some possible strategies in the Strategies Tab, and fully develop one of those ideas on the Strategy Summary Tab.


When you are ready, make a short post about the case, and attach your spreadsheet.

Case Study Paper Guidelines

We have a series of case studies in this class where we are learning about strategic analysis and decision making. The cases require you to complete a copy of the Q-SWOT spreadsheet and a 2-3 page paper summarizing your findings.

Here is the basic outline that you case study papers must follow: 1. Short introduction about the company 2. Review of the Key Internal Factors (1-3 factors that you believe are critical) 3. Review of the Key External Factors (1-3 factors that you believe are critical) 4. Review of the Internal and External Scores, and what they are telling you. (from the spreadsheet) 5. Review of the I&E Matrix Plot, and whether or not you agree with the location. (from the spreadsheet) 6. Identify the Generic Strategy that you feel your company is using. (from the text – Porter’s Generic Strategy Model) 7. Talk briefly about the 5 forces model for the industry this company is in. (from the text – Porter’s Five Forces Model) 8. Provide written financial analysis of the key ratios you identified (If the case or annual report contains financials) 9. Brief statement on where the company stands today. (You’re overall outlook on how the company is doing) 10. Briefly list 2-3 possible future strategies that could be employed. (from your Strategies Tab in the spreadsheet) 11. Provide a complete detailed outline of the strategy you have selected (From your Strategy Summary Tab) 12. Include discussion around forward looking financials (How much will you spend, what is the source of funding, what is the return, and when will that happen) 13. Tell my why this strategy will be successful, in your view 14. Summary and conclusion

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