Amazon Buys Whole Foods

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Case: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
Required articles readings:
1. Freschi, Framcesca. The Successful Story of America’s Healthiest Grocery Store: Whole
Foods Market. September 9, 2016. LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/successful-story-americas-healthiest-grocery-storewhole-freschi
2. Aaker, David. How Whole Foods Market Created the Ultimate Successful Subcategory.
May 5, 2014. LinkedIn.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140505213925-2171492-how-whole-foods-marketcreated-the-ultimate-successful-subcategory
3. Halzack, Sarah. Whole Foods has a big, basic problem it desperately needs to solve.
The Washington Post. April 12, 2017.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/04/12/whole-foods-has-a-bigbasic-problem-it-desperately-needs-to-solve/?utm_term=.4cf3c4e1f97e
4. Halzack, Sarah. Amazon’s Price Cuts Won’t Solve Whole Foods’ Problems. August 28,
2017. Bloomberg.
https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-08-28/amazon-s-whole-foods-pricecuts-won-t-solve-its-problems
5. Pisani, Joseph. Amazon officially takes over Whole Foods, cuts grocery prices. August
28, 2017. The Star/The Associated Press.
https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/08/28/amazon-officially-takes-overwhole-foods-cuts-grocery-prices.html
6. Rigby, Darrell K. The Amazon – Whole Foods Deal Means Every Other Retailer’s ThreeYear Plan is Obsolete. June 21, 2017. Harvard Business Review.
https://hbr.org/2017/06/the-amazon-whole-foods-deal-means-every-other-retailers-threeyear-plan-is-obsolete3 | P a g e

Amazon Buys Whole Foods


QUESTIONS: (80 MARKS)
Question 1 (20 marks):
Based upon the articles provided, describe how the seven (7) external forces may have
impacted Whole Foods in the last several years. Discuss in detail the nature of each force
separately, with examples.
Question 2 (20 marks):
Explain and discuss which one management philosophy would likely be most suited to the old
company, Whole Foods (before acquisition by Amazon): The Classical School of
Management or the Behavioural School of management. (Pick only one and support your
answer with examples from the articles).
Question 3 (20 marks):
Explain which organizational structure would likely work best for Amazon today. Consider the
characteristics of the following as part of your analysis:
a. Traditional bureaucracy versus modern organizations (8 marks)
b. Work specialization: functional versus social (4 marks)
c. Mechanistic versus organic (8 marks)
Question 4 (20 marks)
Discuss what type of business-level strategy the old Whole Foods company (before
acquisition by Amazon) was likely using? Why does this business-level strategy make sense
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Midterm Assignment Tips#1 – Guide For Analysis
Guide for analysis:
Begin with the question Answer the specific question being asked. Nothing more.
Introduction Do not include. None (No marks awarded)
Theory
identification
Did you identify the theory correctly, pertaining to the question that is being asked?
Theory
definition and explanation
Did you define/explain the theory enough to demonstrate your understanding of
what it means? Some theory will require more explanation than others simply due
to its complexity.
Case examples Are you able to identify any examples from the case/articles? The more the better.
Why? Like a lawyer in a trial, the more evidence you provide to support your
position, the stronger your case. And the better the mark. Detail, detail, detail is
what helps you get from an A- to and A++.
If there are few to no case examples, can you explain why you think the theory
applies to this company and why? Is there anything about the company or the
industry that you can infer from the case? Meaning: what assumptions or best
guesses sound reasonable that makes it more likely for this theory to be relevant and
apply? Why is another theory not relevant here?
Explain why the case examples are
relevant to the theory.
Are you able to tie back the case example to the theory? Does it make sense?
Explain why.
Conclusion None (No marks awarded)
Guide for organization:
Use subheadings, sentences and paragraphs accordingly to organize your answer.
Guide to editing:
If your paper is too long and you need to edit, try to remove any repeated ideas. However, make sure
you keep in important key words that are relevant to the theory and case. Try to be concise where
appropriate.

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