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Answer the question, and put Questions number before answer. No cited resources need. Case Questions 1. To what extent is Wal-Mart’s performance attributable to industry attractiveness and to what extent to competitive advantage? 2. In which of Wal-Mart’s principal functions and activities (namely: purchasing, distribution and warehousing, instore operations, marketing, IT, HRM, and organization and management systems/style) do WM’s main competitive advantages lie? Identify the distinctive resources and capabilities in each of these functions/activities. 3. To what extent is WM’s competitive advantage sustainable? Why have other retailers had limited success in imitating WM’s strategy and duplicating its competitive advantage? 4. Looking ahead, what measures does WM need to take to sustain its recent performance and defend against competitive (and other) threats?

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