What is the importance of current data in a SWOT analysis?

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week. Each student must make at least two posts on two separate days each week of the unit. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

Assignment Details

This assignment has 4 parts.

Review the Terminal Course Objectives, accessed by clicking on the “Course Information” tab at the top of your screen, scrolling down to the “Course Objectives” and then selecting View class objectives. How will accomplishing these objectives support your success in management? What risks or challenges might a manager encounter if they have not mastered these objectives? Explain.
What is the importance of current data in a SWOT analysis?
How do you identify the SWOT factors in a fictitious firm?
Which SWOT Factors must be unique to the firm and which can be Generic? Why?
Your additional DB1 posts should provide comments and constructive criticism on the DB responses of other students.

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Grading Criteria
Percentage
Post explains issues, elaborates on all parts of the topic, and contributes to group understanding of topic
40%

Multiple substantive responses reflecting participation are evenly spread throughout the discussion period (2 or more per week), sharing opinions, observations, and experiences, asking questions, and making suggestions
40%

Comments are appropriately addressed, well written, timely, relevant, and coherent, displaying accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
20%

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