Analysis of the strategy development in the vsm group

6. Case analysis

Background to the analysis

The overall analysis of the scheme development in the VSM Group is reasonably straightforward ( in hindsight ) . In 1997, the new CEO joined the company. Given that the new proprietors Industri Capital did non seek long term ownership, his undertaking was to do the VSM Group a profitable company that would be fit for an IPO within the following 5 old ages or so. At the clip, the VSM Group still had a strong production focal point and concerns tended to stop at the mill Gatess. Like most other shapers of run uping machines, it had been fighting with unsatisfactory profitableness. Summarizing up the state of affairs in a simple SWOT analysis shows that the VSM Group was strong on production and merchandise development but had less proficiency in pull offing the parts of the value concatenation between production and the client. Although the market as a whole had been worsening for decennaries, the upper sections ( computerised machines with embroidery capacity ) were still profitable. Given its capacity for developing and bring forthing high public presentation run uping machines, VSM opted for a scheme with the expressed purpose of going the taking manufacturer of premium run uping machines. However, the deficiency of competency on the market side was all excessively evident to the new CEO. VSM needed to increase client orientation in all parts of the value concatenation, so it started to work intensively with its independent retail merchants to develop them and, optimally, bring on them to cover entirely with VSM ‘s merchandise lines. In add-on, VSM started to spread out the figure of to the full owned retail merchants to spearhead its merchandises in profitable markets. Within the company proper, information and preparation was aimed at transfusing the impression that the employees at VSM had merely one beginning of income, irrespective of place within the company: the client.

The VSM Group was strong on both production and R & A ; D but the merchandise market options for sing merely its production accomplishments to seek low cost advantage in the mid and top sections of the market looked less promising. To go a market leader and accomplish true distinction, it needed to supply new superior merchandises while developing new competency to pull off the linkages between production and retailing. The new theoretical account ‘Designer 1 ‘ hence played a important function in VSM ‘s new scheme, as does its attempts to widen its competency into retailing.

The Pfaff purchase can be viewed in visible radiation of this scheme. Although the acquisition of Pfaff was non rather in line with the new scheme of the VSM Group, it was aligned. When Pfaff came up for sale, the expressed end of the VSM top direction was to do an issue possible for their proprietor. The purchase of Pfaff would alter the construction of the industry but the programs for an IPO of the VSM Group would hold to be postponed. However, this was acceptable to the proprietor who antecedently had sought out structural trades in other industries. Further, the purchase of Pfaff did non include any production capacity in Germany. The mark of the VSM Group was the Pfaff trade name. In the procedure, VSM discovered the works in Brno, which was non a portion of Pfaff, but a subcontractor. However, its function in the production of Pfaff branded machines was so of import that VSM decided to purchase the works and do it a to the full owned subordinate of the VSM group. This was non in VSM ‘s original program and is a good illustration of how a procedure position helps us

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understand how strategic determinations are developed over clip. A farther of import strategic determination was to maintain Pfaff as a full-range premium trade name analogue to the original Husqvarna Viking line. This determination was the consequence of a instead drawn-out procedure and the concluding determination was far from obvious at the beginning of the treatments. Overall, the VSM Group is remaining with its scheme: premium merchandises and commanding the value concatenation while remaining profitable. However, the purchase of Pfaff has delayed several of these aims. Although the figure of to the full owned retail merchants has increased, it has increased less than originally planned. Further, the work to incorporate the retail merchant web for the Pfaff line started at square one and needed a batch of attending. Last, the underestimate of the badness of the German market has tied up the top direction squad well and drawn extra financess from the Group.

Turning now to the specific inquiries:

6.1 There were a figure of coincident alterations in the VSM Group in theperiod 1997-2003. Is the VSM Group still the same company?

The last 25 old ages of the VSM Group are a history of considerable contextual, organizational and market alteration. In 1977, the Husqvarna company, a big maker of place contraptions and forestry equipment, was taken over by its fiercest rival Electrolux. In merely a twosome of old ages, the company was integrated into the elephantine Electrolux. Still, resources and competencies really changed surprisingly small through the old ages. The fabrication works hardly changed and the merchandise development section had a long tradition with section directors and employees functioning long footings. The purchase of Pfaff added no production resources since the Karlsruhe works was closed. However, the purchase of the Brno production installation did add to production capacity although non production competency. Consequently, a resource audit will demo that few resources or basic competencies have really been changed during this period. ( Note that we talk about alteration in quality instead than measure. ) Rather, the alteration procedure has been directed towards beef uping the linkages between functional countries in the value concatenation. To this terminal, several methods have been employed. The development of a mission statement ( which really did non be prior to the reaching of the new CEO ) , organizational alterations ( composing top direction squad ) , the physical resettlement of the R & A ; D and selling sections to the same edifice and the VSM programme for educating retail merchants are illustrations of this.

6.2 How would you depict the strategic capableness of the VSM Group in 1997? In 2001? In 2003?

The VSM Group has ever demonstrated high proficient proficiency compared to its rivals. This is briefly illustrated in appendix 1 where the ancestors of the present administration are described. The VSM Group was e.g. the first to do a self- lubricating stitching machine through the usage of sintered metal engineering. Its streamlining activities during the 1980s were besides successful in cut downing the parts ‘ count and cost. This meant directing design attempts non merely to fulfill the consumer but

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During the period 1997-2000, the VSM Group took a figure of actions to better the linkages between functional countries. First, the directors of the international gross revenues companies were brought into the top direction squad, which provided an sphere for strategic conversation with other parts of the administration. Second, the work on the formal scheme papers ( including the mission statement ) brought together different parts of the administration, both horizontally and vertically. The written paperss besides served to pass on corporate schemes and values in a new and consistent manner. The carefully managed scheme procedure seemed to pay off in footings of organizational committedness. Third, traveling the merchandise development and selling sections to the same edifice was another measure to associate proficient expertness and selling know-how to organize a whole.

It is of import to observe that the alteration towards market orientation was an overall attempt that involved alterations in the top direction squad, a new fiscal accounting system, every bit good as the physical resettlement of sections. Furthermore, it should besides be noted that the increased focal point on pull offing linkages extends beyond the company ‘s ain administration. The company ‘s high engagement in the development of the independent traders is another illustration of pull offing linkages. To descry this the pupils need to hold on the construct of the value concatenation ( subdivision 3.6.1 ) so as to non restrict the analysis to resources and competency controlled through ownership.

At a insouciant glimpse, it may look clear that the resource place of the VSM Group had changed markedly by 2003. It so owned the Pfaff trade name and it had new in-house production capacity at the Brno works, which was cost efficient and capable of consistent quality. On the “front end” of the value concatenation, new traders had been added. However, on closer review the alterations may non be that important. Pfaff had established itself as a high quality trade name and the new production installation in Brno did add capacity but no new or different competency to the company. As it was, the Pfaff purchase looks more like “more of the same” than echt alteration. By 2003, VSM ‘s strategic capacity had non changed appreciably in quality but in measure. The company still possessed expertness in merchandise development and had

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6.4 What are the of import factors in the macro-environment that influence VSM and its industry?

The PESTEL model may be suited here. Some factors may be thought of as structural drivers of alteration, i.e. factors in the macro-environment that affect the whole industry, and some may merely be of importance to the individual administration. A common mistake committed by pupils in this analysis is to seek to make full each missive in PESTEL with some content, nevertheless undistinguished. We have chosen to give a few illustrations that in the yesteryear have shown to be of importance. Concentrating on a few outstanding factors gives the pupils a opportunity to derive deeper apprehension of these factors alternatively of merely fundamental apprehension of a long ‘laundry list” of possible factors.

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Although the political environment in Sweden is really stable, trade policy issues between the EU and the US have threatened the VSM Group in the yesteryear. In the alleged “Banana War” in the late 1990s, US governments threatened to enforce a high ( 50 % ) surcharge on targeted merchandises such as run uping machines, in response to EU protectionist patterns know aparting against imports of American bananas. This menace was really existent and would hold meant serious losingss in VSM ‘s cardinal market for premium run uping machines. This illustrates the importance of accounting for political conditions between provinces, and non merely within provinces. Another issue could be the general liberalization of trade. Low or no duties on fabric imports have made apparels much cheaper in the Western universe, pass overing out big parts of the fabric industry in the US and in the EU. Cheaper vesture has wholly undermined the old inducement to run up.


Once once more, the economic environment in Sweden is moderately stable for a little province. However, Sweden has non opted to joint the European Monetary Union ( EMU ) . The Swedish krona hence floats against both the US dollar and the Euro. In the short tally, it is possible to fudge fluctuations in the exchange rates. In the medium tally, these fluctuations will impact the income of the VSM Group in domestic currency. In the yesteryear, the profitableness of the VSM Group has showed clear covariation with the exchange rate of the Swedish krona, both in 1982 ( when the krona was devaluated by 16 % ) and once more in 1992 when the krona dropped over 25 % nightlong as the policy of fixed exchange rate was abandoned. Even in 2003, the VSM Group had to get by with shriveling net incomes ( in domestic currency ) as a effect of the bead in the US dollar.


Under the rubric of sociocultural factors, we find some of the structural drivers of alteration in the stitching industry. LOMLOTs ( Lots Of Money, Lots Of Time ) were often used by the VSM Group to depict a turning group of retired persons, peculiarly in the US, with plentifulness of clip for leisure activities and money to pass. Sewing out of necessity is no longer of import for bring forthing demand: you can purchase much cheaper than you can run up. Rather it is ‘higher ‘ motivations in the Maslowian sense that drive many consumers. This alteration in consumer gustatory sensations has had an impact on the industry: the gross revenues of low priced simple machines have plummeted, while more advanced machines show steady gross revenues. The fact that it is now possible to bear down $ 5000+ for a consumer stitching machine ( the Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 ) is besides an index of this alteration. Given that run uping machines are no longer a necessity, there is no “automatic” creative activity of demand. As such, the stitching machine is now viing with other types of leisure activities: fishing, golf, or going. The VSM Group has clearly recognised this and its mission statement contains the phrase “creating demand for more originative utilizations of sewing” .

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The more and more widespread usage of the Internet and its capacity for file transportation has made it possible to easy upgrade characteristics of the stitching machines through a simple download of package ascents. The top theoretical accounts from the taking makers make usage of the Internet to administer embellishment forms and package for the building of usage embellishment. In add-on, the VSM Group distributes ascents of the operating system of the stitching machine proper. As of yet, no theoretical account has a direct linkage to the Internet. Rather, package has to be downloaded via a Personal computer. In category treatment, this may open up informed guess about what new characteristics we might see, given the rapid development for new applications of information engineering in other countries.

6.5 What are the forces of competition in the sewing machine industry?

The instance text contains adequate information to do it possible to execute a Five Forces analysis. More ambitious enterprise might include external beginnings of information. From experience, it has been noted that pupils may hold troubles with understanding the difference between competitory competition within the industry, which is one of the five “forces” , and the degree of competition, the dependant variable in the theoretical account.

The information provided in the instance ( notably in portion 3 ) makes it possible to execute a Five Forces analysis ( subdivision 2.3.1 ) . Persistently low profitableness over the concern rhythm fundamentally defines the degree of competition as “high” ( in the Porterian sense ) . Competitive competition seems to be moderate with moderate degrees of merchandise invention, absence of monetary value wars, or aggressive selling towards retail merchants. However, altering purchaser gustatory sensations have meant diminishing overall demand for run uping machines, particularly on basic theoretical accounts. Buyers have high bargaining power due to low exchanging costs between trade names since the industry is mature with a dominant design. In add-on, the typical stitching machine retail merchant carries several trade names. Therefore, it could be concluded that it is the demand side that put downward force per unit area on the industry ‘s net income borders. From the analysis of the environment the pupils are asked to develop an thought of how the market will develop and what alternate places the histrions in the industry may take. Section 2.4 in ECS will likely be helpful here, peculiarly the Strategic Group Analysis in 2.4.1. Besides subdivision 2.4.2, Market Segmentation, will be a cardinal reading since VSM ‘s scheme is to travel after a niche section that is still profitable even though the entire market for run uping machines is worsening. Therefore, the job of specifying the industry and to execute a dynamic analysis will come into drama.

6.6 What are the following strategic issues Viking will hold to turn to? What strategic options might be considered?

For the VSM Group, two issues stand out: keeping proficient leading and pull offing the value concatenation. Extra issues are trade name direction and pull offing the Pfaff acquisition. Issues of way, methods and “success criteria” for scheme development are dealt with in chapter 7 of ECS. In the short tally, this would be “protect © Pearson Education Limited 2005 Instructor ‘s Manual and construct on current position” . However, in the medium to long tally, issues of merchandise and market development will come in the equation. The notes below should be considered in this visible radiation.

The proficient proficiency of VSM has been a repeating subject in this instance. It is true that capacity for merchandise invention is a cardinal portion of VSM ‘s strategic capableness, but it should non be construed as the beginning of competitory advantage for VSM. In recent old ages, its rival Brother has introduced automatic threading, a utile characteristic soon non available from VSM. In all, Brother ‘s capacity for technology seems to equal that of VSM. Nevertheless, maintaining proficient leading ( as it manifests itself in new merchandises ) is one key to VSM ‘s overall scheme. A good set of applied scientists is portion of the equation but cognizing how to bring forth the right sort of invention is even more critical. Hence the accent on bridging spreads within the value concatenation to better flows of information and resources in both waies. The instance contains a just sum of information on the procedure intended to increase client orientation in all parts of the value concatenation. This goes for the R & A ; D, production, and marketing sections every bit good as the retail merchants. The concatenation metaphor is suiting in this instance: a concatenation is no stronger than its weakest nexus. The most hard portion to manage is the nexus of the value concatenation that VSM does non command through ownership: the retail merchants. The retail merchants have a critical function in the company ‘s contact with the client. Any alteration in the preceding parts of the value concatenation will be “filtered” through this concluding nexus to the client. Therefore, VSM has put a batch of attempt and money into developing retail merchants and supplying them with support such as trade name particular store insides and subsidiary merchandises such as instructional pictures and forms. This procedure is ongoing, for both trade names. Customer dealingss are a resource that has to be managed by the company: they can non be bought and they take clip and attempt to construct. In comparing, technology accomplishments are less dearly-won to develop. VSM ‘s increased attempts in selling and client dealingss provide increasing hardiness ( ECS, subdivision 3.4.3 ) to their strategic capableness. The integrating of the retail merchants into the VSM administration is taken to its logical terminal in the instance of the confined store-in-store construct developed for the US market. Exclusive franchise in the “Dealer-Partner” programme is besides a move towards increasing control of the retailing concern. The inquiry is: will the constructs that have been proven successful in the US besides be applicable to other markets, such as Europe and Asia? The transmutation of VSM from a product-orientated company to one of market orientation has merely started. From a “Madchen fur alles” covering all market sections, the aim is now to fulfill the selected client group. This is besides clear from the placement of the freshly acquired Pfaff trade name. The purpose is to construct a relationship with the client. A critical strategic issue is hence to increase the cognition about the targeted client group. The mark group is frequently described as middle-aged adult females with above mean fiscal resources. In VSM ‘s corporate slang, the acronym LOMLOTs ( Lots Of Money, Lots Of Time ) seems to capture some of the indispensable features of this client section. The selling scheme is to do the clients think approximately run uping as an activity that makes good usage of their trim clip, all the piece recognizing Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff as the premium trade names for this activity. 288 © Pearson Education Limited 2005

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By 2003, the Pfaff line of machines had non been re-engineered automatically ; the basic engineering used is ‘old ‘ Pfaff. However, with new theoretical accounts designed by VSM ‘s ain applied scientists, integrating between the trade names will presumptively be more marked both in production and in R & A ; D. The inquiry is, will VSM be able to continue the differentiations between the trade names? There are many analogues that could be made to the auto industry on this issue, e.g. with the Volkswagen pudding stone. The selected scheme is dearly-won ; the debut of advanced merchandises and services is dearly-won. These costs have to be passed on to the consumers and the latest theoretical accounts retail for approximately $ 2000 to over $ 5000. Consequently, the demand for volume may merely be satisfied by a planetary presence. Market incursion in the US is good and in Europe critical stairss are being taken to increase it ( the acquisition of Pfaff is one portion of this ) . However, the instance of Asia is more debatable. In 2001, the VSM Group established a little presence in Tokyo, Japan, but gross revenues are fringy. This may be considered an effort to turn organically but what other options are within range? Is the Asiatic market “worth” viing for or are resources better spent on consolidation and defense mechanism of VSM ‘s nucleus markets?

VSM ‘s quest to “create demand for originative sewing” means that it has started transforming itself into a company offering more and more services ( after gross revenues, embellishment, run uping categories ) . The balance of the company is altering. The acquisition of Emnet and the quickly spread outing figure of package applied scientists underline the importance of a cognition base in calculating. The command for enlargement in instruction will besides necessitate development of new competencies. In the words of one interviewee, the run uping machine in the hereafter may work as “an ordinary printer” , the of import portion being forms, instruction and inspiring magazines. Consequently, an interesting strategic issue is how to equilibrate the traditional strength of the company, merchandise development, and the formation of competencies in information engineering and instruction. This is besides a inquiry of company individuality. Take one illustration. In interviews with the cardinal persons in the top direction squad, the figure of machines sold frequently surfaced during treatments on public presentation. The interviewees discussed the history every bit good as the hereafter in footings of gross revenues of hardware. The implicit in image was that the figure of machines was decisive for the success of the company, and direction should be focused on the relation between produced machines and gross revenues of machines. The nexus between gross revenues, production and logistics was emphasised. However, in a market-orientated company with the purpose to construct durable relationships with the clients, the figure of machines is simply an index of how many client relationships are initiated. Rather, the end must be to make an administration that aims to increase client satisfaction, advancing a uninterrupted hard currency flow from each of these relationships. One possible scenario could e.g. be that VSM will sell its machines at a monetary value that is to a great extent subsidised and alternatively range profitableness through the gross revenues of forms and instruction. In this scenario, wholly new linkages between resources and competencies would be critical for the success of the company.

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6.7 How does the scheme of the VSM Group fit its strategic capableness with its environment? How did it alteration from 1997 to 2003?

A treatment of VSM ‘s scheme and its development physiques on the interplay between strategic stretch and fit – stretch in footings of considerations for bing resource places and tantrum in footings of constructing new resources to capture a place on the chosen merchandise market. In 1997, VSM already had several of import resources and competencies that served as the footing for the new scheme. First of all, VSM possessed an active R & A ; D section and an efficient production installation. It besides had a trade name name that was good regarded in most markets. However, its selling section chiefly supplied merchandise descriptions and run uping forms and was small involve in merchandise development. The market as a whole had been worsening for decennaries but the top section was healthy and VSM ‘s merchandise line was comparable to that of its rivals. Although the major histrions were endeavoring for distinction, most of them were featuring full merchandise ranges with similar characteristics on their theoretical accounts. VSM ‘s strategic analysis suggested that concentrating on the more expensive designs ( computerised run uping machines with embroidery capacity ) would do sense in visible radiation of the altering sociocultural factors act uponing the possible clients for run uping machines. VSM ‘s strong place in the US market likely influenced this decision well. Clearly, following a distinction scheme in footings of the “strategy clock” ( ECS, subdivision 5.3 ) , VSM seemed to travel clockwise towards a place of focussed distinction. The new top-of-the-line theoretical account “Designer 1” was instrumental in accomplishing this end. However, accomplishing a function as market leader was non every bit simple as establishing a new superior merchandise and so merely bring forthing it ; it needed to make its clients. The sewing machine concern is dominated by little independent retail merchants, normally transporting several trade names. Controling the selling attempts of the retail merchants was hence peculiarly of import when seeking to sell a merchandise at about duplicate the monetary value of any machine from the competition. Further, VSM ‘s mission to make demand for its merchandises necessitated closer control of the communicating with its clients. To pull off the nexus between the production of run uping machines and the selling of run uping machines, VSM started an extended programme where independent retail merchants were invited to the Husqvarna works. On site, they toured the premises, received preparation on the new theoretical accounts and information on VSM scheme. In add-on, VSM besides started to supply complete store insides and developing programmes for terminal users. It besides closed contracts with selected retail merchants to go sole traders of the Husqvarna Viking scope of merchandises. In exchange, these retail merchants received extended selling support.

The scheme development procedure combines elements of both stretch and tantrum. VSM ‘s original resource place had a batch of influence on its new scheme and in this regard, we have a instance of “strategic stretch” . However, some of VSM ‘s resources were non equal for this scheme. This was clear in relation to the selling maps of the value concatenation. In 1997, VSM has really small control over the selling activities pursued by its local traders. The value of proactive alterations earlier in the value concatenation hence threatened to be suboptimal since the possible benefits would non make its clients. Constructing this new resource ( i.e. pull offing the linkage between assorted parts of the value

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concatenation ) was deemed necessary to capture the targeted place on the merchandise market. In add-on, VSM had unequal co-operation between the R & A ; D and selling sections. In an attempt to promote increased co-operation and communicating, the R & A ; D and selling sections were moved into the same edifice. Previously, the R & A ; D section had been located near to the production line. In this regard, the scheme development was a inquiry of tantrum. The purchase of Pfaff meant adding new resources similar to what already existed in the VSM Group. The Pfaff trade name was strong and perceived every bit high quality. But pull offing two planetary trade names needed clear boundary lines. The pick to see the Pfaff trade name as being on a par with the Husqvarna Viking trade name was in line with the corporate scheme. The distinction between the trade names is founded on the penetration that perceived value and monetary values are by far the lone dimensions on which we map strategic groups ( see ECS, subdivision 3.3 ) on the market for run uping machines. Turning to features of the clients instead than the merchandise itself enabled VSM to utilize the value of the trade names in footings of being perceived as technologically advanced and dependable, while providing for a larger client group in its market communicating. Adding the Pfaff trade name allowed the VSM Group to make new client groups without stretching the trade names excessively much. Again, similarities with the auto industry, e.g. Volkswagen, may be interesting to discourse. 6.8 The instance starts with the reaching of the new CEO. What function did Mr.

Runnquist drama in the transmutation of the company? How of import is he for the hereafter of the company? The strategic leading of the new CEO Svante Runnquist has several of import facets and many of the techniques can be readily recognised in ECS, chapter 10. Collaboration, instruction and communicating, intercession and way are all portion of the CEO method to enable alteration and construct committedness. First of wholly, the window of chance for him was at that place: the company had been sold and the CEO was freshly on the occupation. Furthermore, the new proprietor Industri Kapital had expressed demands on profitableness, so there was a touchable external force per unit area sensed by the administration. Finally, he seemed to be “the right individual in the right place” , coming to a production-oriented house which severely needed to upgrade the selling competency.

The first thing Svante Runnquist did was to get down the development of a new mission statement and a scheme papers. Hitherto, the company had chiefly used activity programs to steer the short tally operations but no catching mission statement existed for either internal or external usage. The scheme procedure had some of import characteristics. First of wholly, representatives from selling, R & A ; D, production and finance were all included in the top direction squad working on the paperss. Second, in-between direction had to take part in the reappraisal and farther development of the scheme paperss. This made for committedness to subsequently phases. Third, the scheme as a procedure was emphasised by doing the scheme development in the top direction squad an on-going activity. The simple visual aspect of the stapled scheme underlined that this was non cast in rock.

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Why was Svante Runnquist successful in his attempts to advance market orientation in the company? Given that the fortunes were favorable, the persuasive rhetoric of Svante Runnquist surely played a portion. The proactive orientation of the scheme was met with some agnosticism among in-between direction since more urgent affairs seemed to exceed their docket. To counter this, Svante Runnquist illustrated the demand for alteration utilizing illustrations or narratives from other industries that had been capable to unforeseen alteration or reorganization. The demand to concentrate on the traders was illustrated by an in-house version of the value concatenation ( dubbed “The Viking client staircase” ) . It clearly illustrated that the traders and VSM were portion of the same value concatenation, that it was merely the trader that really met the clients and that the lone beginning of income for the value was the concluding client.

6.9 At two points in clip, the CEO of the VSM Group opens up a wide treatment on the strategic issues. What issues are discussed and why does he affect a larger group of the administration on these issues?

In this instance, corporate-wide treatments on strategic issues are initiated at two points in clip. In 1997, the crafting of the original mission statement was discussed from top direction down to the store floor. Subsequently in 2000, the integrating of the Pfaff trade name line brought about a similar procedure. Albeit limited to a smaller circuit of people than in 1997, the procedure still involved people good outside the top direction squad. From interviews with the Chief executive officer it is evident that the aim was to derive legitimacy for the scheme. The issues discussed in both these procedures were really much related to corporate individuality ; the mission statement is formulated in footings of company features and “who we are” . The 2nd case of unfastened treatment on a strategic issue was initiated in relation to the Pfaff purchase. The integrating of the Pfaff trade name into the VSM Group was besides more a inquiry about corporate individuality. The image and feel of the new trade name and associated merchandise lines had to be discussed in relation to the bing Husqvarna Viking trade name and what the people working on it were approximately. Both these procedures seem to be sincere efforts to affect people of the administration in something that finally concerned their professional individuality. However, one time these procedures were closed through formal determinations, the CEO smartly argued for their execution. “You need to stand on the barricades” , as Svante Runnquist expressed it. It is interesting to contrast other strategic determinations to these really unfastened procedures. The determination to buy Pfaff was purely an matter between the proprietors of the VSM Group and the top direction squad. The same goes for the purchase of the Brno works. The deficiency of a wider procedure around these really of import determinations suggests that direction respect these issues as following instead than explicating scheme.