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A SWOT analysis allows businesses to assess internal strengths and weaknesses in relation to external opportunities and threats.
Explain how a SWOT analysis can be used as a tool in strategic decision making
SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate a business's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
The goal of a SWOT analysis is to analyze the business environment to develop a strategic plan of action that captures opportunities using internal strengths (and avoids threats while addressing weaknesses).
Businesses set objectives after the SWOT analysis has been performed, which allows the organization to define achievable goals.
A method of analyzing the environment in which businesses operate is referred to as a context analysis. One of the most recognized of these is the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis. Performing a SWOT analysis allows a business to gain insights into its internal strengths and weaknesses and to relate these insights to the external opportunities and threats posed by the marketplace in which the business operates. The main goal of a context analysis, SWOT or otherwise, is to analyze the business environment in order to develop a strategicplan.
A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to a project or business venture. A SWOT assessment involves specifying the business's objective and then identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable toward the business's ability to achieve its objective. Setting the objective, in terms of moving from strategy planning to strategy implementation, should be done after the SWOT analysis has been performed. Doing so allows the organization to set achievable goals and objectives.
Components of SWOT
Strengths: internal characteristics of the business that give it an advantage over competitors
Weaknesses: internal characteristics that place the business at a disadvantage against competitors
Opportunities: external chances to improve performance in the overall business environment
Threats: external elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business
The SWOT analysis matrix illustrates where the company's strengths and weaknesses are relative to factors in the market.
Identifying SWOTs is essential, as subsequent stages of planning can be derived from the analysis. Decision makers first determine whether an objective is attainable, given the SWOTs. If the objective is not attainable, a different objective must be selected, and then the process can be repeated. Users of SWOT analysis must ask and answer questions that generate meaningful information for each category to maximize the benefits of the evaluation and identify the organization's competitive advantages.