A discussion about the concept of differentiations advantage

A discussion about the concept of differentiations advantage


Review CASE 7: Harley-Davidson, Inc. in 2018, p. 442 (from your textbook) and discuss the concept of differentiation advantage.

A case study is a puzzle to be solved, so before reading and answering the specific questions, develop your proposed solution by following these five steps:

Read      the case study to identify the key issues and underlying issues. These      issues are the principles and concepts of the course module, which apply      to the situation described in the case study.

Record      the facts from the case study which are relevant to the principles and      concepts of the module. The case may have extraneous information not      relevant to the current module. Your ability to differentiate between      relevant and irrelevant information is an important aspect of case      analysis, as it will inform the focus of your answers.

Describe      in some detail the actions that would address or correct the situation.

  1. Consider      how you would support your solution with examples from experience or      current real-life examples or cases from textbooks.

Complete      this initial analysis and then read the discussion questions. Typically,      you will already have the answers to the questions but with a broader      consideration. At this point, you can add the details and/or analytical      tools required to solve the case.

  1. Case Study Questions:

Analyze      the use of resources and capabilities to achieve a competitive advantage      by Harley Davidson.  

  1. Are      their differentiation advantages imitable by other companies? Why or why      not?

How      can opportunities for profitable differentiation be identified?

  1. Can      they effectively compete in the industry given the nature of the      differentiation advantages that underpin their existing strategy?