critical Thinking: Scope of the Modern Company (105 points)
In this module, we looked at technology-based industries and the management of
innovation. For this week’s assignment, review Tesla: Disrupting the Auto Industry, Case
12 (in your textbook). Remember: A case study is a puzzle to be solved, so before reading
and answering the specific case study questions, develop your proposed solution by
following these five steps:
1. Read the case study to identify the key issues and underlying issues. These issues are the
principles and concepts of the course area which apply to the situation described in the case
2. Record the facts from the case study which are relevant to the principles and concepts of the
course area issues. The case may have extraneous information not relevant to the current course
area. 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.
3. Describe in some detail the actions that would address or correct the situation.
4. Consider how you would support your solution with examples from experience or current real-life
examples or cases from textbooks.
5. 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.
Case Study Questions:
1. How are the conventional (internal-combustion-powered) automobile industry and the electric-
powered automobile industry similar and how are they different?
2. Was it a mistake for Tesla to open its patents? Why or why not?
3. What is Tesla’s strategy? What role does innovation play in this strategy?
4. How sustainable is Tesla’s competitive advantage? What changes in Tesla’s strategy or its
management systems, if any, would you recommend?
Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:
Be 4 in length, which does not include the required title and reference pages, which are never a
part of the content minimum requirements.