CHAPTER 8 CORPORATE STRATEGY: DIVERSIFICATION AND THE MULTIBUSINESS COMPANY WHAT DOES CRAFTING A DIVERSIFICATION STRATEGY ENTAIL? Step 1 Picking new industries to enter and deciding on the means of entry. Step 2 Pursuing opportunities to leverage cross-business value chain relationships and strategic fit into competitive advantage. Step 3
Establishing investment priorities and steering corporate resources into the most attractive business units. Step 4 Initiating actions to boost the combined performance of the cooperations collection of businesses. 82 FIGURE 8.5 The Chief Strategic and Financial Options for Allocating a Diversified Companys Financial Resources 83 WHEN BUSINESS DIVERSIFICATION BECOMES A CONSIDERATION
A firm should consider diversifying when: 1. It can expand into businesses whose technologies and products complement its present business. 2. Its resources and capabilities can be used as valuable competitive assets in other businesses. 3. Costs can be reduced by cross-business sharing or transfer of resources and capabilities. 4. Transferring a strong brand name to the products of other businesses helps drive up sales and profits of those businesses. 84 TESTING WHETHER DIVERSIFICATION ADDS VALUE FOR SHAREHOLDERS The Attractiveness Test:
The Cost of Entry Test: Are the industrys profits and return on investment as good or better than present business(es)? Is the cost of overcoming entry barriers so great as to long delay or reduce the potential for profitability? The Better-Off Test: How much synergy (stronger overall performance) will be gained by diversifying into the industry? 85
CORE CONCEPT Creating added value for shareholders via diversification requires building a multibusiness company where the whole is greater than the sum of its partsan outcome known as synergy. 86 BETTER PERFORMANCE THROUGH SYNERGY Evaluating the Potential for Synergy through Diversification Firm A purchases Firm B in another industry. A and Bs
profits are no greater than what each firm could have earned on its own. No Synergy (1+1=2) Firm A purchases Firm C in another industry. A and Cs profits are greater than what each firm could have earned on its own. Synergy (1+1=3) 87 APPROACHES TO DIVERSIFYING
THE BUSINESS LINEUP Diversifying into New Businesses Acquisition of an existing business Internal new venture (start-up) Joint venture 88 CORE CONCEPT Corporate venturing (or new venture development) is the process of developing new businesses as an outgrowth of a firms established business operations. It is also
referred to as corporate entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship since it requires entrepreneurial-like qualities within a larger enterprise. 89 WHEN TO ENGAGE IN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT Availability of in-house skills and resources Ample time to develop and launch business Cost of acquisition is higher than
internal entry Factors Favoring Internal Development No head-to-head competition in targeted industry Low resistance of incumbent firms to market entry Added capacity will not affect supply and demand balance 810 CHOOSING THE DIVERSIFICATION PATH: RELATED VERSUS UNRELATED
BUSINESSES Which Diversification Path to Pursue? Related Businesses Unrelated Businesses Both Related and Unrelated Businesses 811 CHOOSING THE DIVERSIFICATION PATH: RELATED VERSUS UNRELATED BUSINESSES
Related Businesses Have competitively valuable cross-business value chain and resource matchups. Unrelated Businesses Have dissimilar value chains and resource requirements, with no competitively important cross-business relationships at the value chain level. 812 CORE CONCEPT
Strategic fit exists whenever one or more activities constituting the value chains of different businesses are sufficiently similar as to present opportunities for cross-business sharing or transferring of the resources and capabilities that enable these activities. 813 FIGURE 8.1 Related Businesses Provide Opportunities to Benefit from Competitively Valuable Strategic Fit 814 DIVERSIFYING INTO RELATED BUSINESSES
Strategic Fit Opportunities: Transferring specialized expertise, technological know-how, or other resources and capabilities from one businesss value chain to anothers. Cost sharing between businesses by combining their related value chain activities into a single operation. Exploiting common use of a well-known brand name. Sharing other resources (besides brands) that support corresponding value chain activities across
businesses. 815 ECONOMIES OF SCOPE DIFFER FROM ECONOMIES OF SCALE Economies of Scope Are cost reductions that flow from cross-business resource sharing in the activities of the multiple businesses of a firm. Economies of Scale Accrue when unit costs are reduced due to the
increased output of larger-size operations of a firm. 816 DIVERSIFICATION INTO UNRELATED BUSINESSES Can it meet corporate targets for profitability and return on investment? Evaluating the acquisition of a new business or the divestiture of an existing business Is it is in an industry with attractive profit and growth potentials? Is it is big enough to contribute
significantly to the parent firms bottom line? 817 BUILDING SHAREHOLDER VALUE VIA UNRELATED DIVERSIFICATION Astute Corporate Parenting by Management Cross-Business Allocation of Financial Resources Acquiring and Restructuring Undervalued Companies Provide leadership, oversight, expertise, and guidance.
Provide generalized or parenting resources that lower operating costs and increase SBU efficiencies. Serve as an internal capital market. Allocate surplus cash flows from businesses to fund the capital requirements of other businesses. Acquire weakly performing firms at bargain prices. Use turnaround capabilities to restructure them to increase their performance and profitability. 818 MISGUIDED REASONS FOR PURSUING UNRELATED DIVERSIFICATION Poor Rationales for Unrelated Diversification Seeking a
reduction of business investment risk Pursuing rapid or continuous growth for its own sake Seeking stabilization to avoid cyclical swings in businesses Pursuing personal managerial motives
819 STRUCTURES OF COMBINATION RELATEDUNRELATED DIVERSIFIED FIRMS Dominant-Business Enterprises Narrowly Diversified Firms Are comprised of a few related or unrelated businesses. Broadly Diversified Firms
Have a major core firm that accounts for 50 to 80% of total revenues and a collection of small related or unrelated firms that accounts for the remainder. Have a wide-ranging collection of related businesses, unrelated businesses, or a mixture of both. Multibusiness Enterprises Have a business portfolio consisting of several unrelated groups of related businesses. 820 EVALUATING THE STRATEGY OF A DIVERSIFIED FIRM 1.
Assessing the attractiveness of the industries the firm has diversified into, both individually and as a group. 2. Assessing the competitive strength of the firms business units within their respective industries. 3. Evaluating the extent of cross-business strategic fit along the value chains of the firms various business units. 4. Checking whether the firms resources fit the requirements of its present business lineup. 5.
Ranking the performance prospects of the businesses from best to worst and determining a priority for allocating resources. 6. Crafting strategic moves to improve corporate performance. 821 FIGURE 8.3 A Nine-Cell Industry Attractiveness Competitive Strength Matrix Note: Circle sizes are scaled to reflect the percentage of companywide revenues generated by the business unit.
822 FIGURE 8.6 A Firms Four Main Strategic Alternatives After It Diversifies 823 CORE CONCEPT Companywide restructuring (corporate restructuring) involves making major changes in a diversified company by divesting some businesses and/or acquiring others, so as to put a whole new face on the companys business lineup. 824
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