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In Thread 1, Roxanne and I explored the possibility of the University of North Texas acquiring American Apparel. Obviously, this idea is a bit fanciful, and might be extremely problematic considering the for-profit nature of American Apparel. That being said, it is a fun mental exercise, and who wants to see UNT financially successful more than her MBA candidates?

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Acquisition, or simply one firm buying another, is one strategy that companies can implement to improve diversification. The alliance comes with many complications and compromises with the buyer dominating decision-making. Acquisitions can be intense as things move very quickly once the decision to align has taken place. Due diligence is generally not done thoroughly and the financial aspects are generally the only considerations. This can produce an unsuccessful outcome. Six themes can help improve the success of acquisitions: being a part of the corporate strategy, having patience, evaluating the industry fully, developing how synergies will be achieved before the acquisition, remaining objective, and developing implementation strategy before the acquisition.

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Adaptation, aggregation, and arbitrage strategy are used to create value globally. Adaption strategy is the most used global strategy. Adaptation strategy refers to a company meeting local requirements or preferences. Considering the variety of all parts of the world, adaptation is essential globally.

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Industry clustering occurs because of geographical natural advantages such as a certain climate or an abundance of a certain resource. However, industry clustering also occurs because of relative advantages, which the industry itself creates organically through economic forces. Interdependencies develop between facilities, customers, suppliers, technology, and labor markets.

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The general consensus is that General Motors operates a Product Pyramid profit model. This model is characterized by offering a myriad of product options that cover a wide range of buyer preferences. High volume, low profit products make up the bulk of sales, with low volume, high profit products providing excellent margins.

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